Protest: Is public land really public? Government accused of chasing away recreationers, oil industry
Government accused of driving off recreationers, oil and gas industry
"It gets quite frustrating," he said. "There needs to be a clear mandate … if you knew it was going to be off limits you wouldn't even go in there. If you are going to allow it, allow it. If you're not, don't."
Colton has been in the exploration of oil and gas business since 1981 and said over time, the regulations have made it tougher and tougher for companies to do business in the Rocky Mountain area.
"There's been more red tape, more requirements, and while there is a point that you have patience, there is also the point where you just walk away."
By the time a company gets to the point where it wants to bid on a parcel of land, Colton said about 20 percent of the overall project's cost is tied up in preliminary work such as geology, seismic and aerial gravity and magnetic surveys.
If the company loses the bid — or in this case has the bid rescinded — those are costs that are never recouped.
And after the land is acquired, Colton said, there are additional permitting processes companies have to go through, all of which can be subject to protests and court action that delay the ability to drill for years.
"We're up against a group (environmental protesters) that really doesn't want you to do anything and there is no compromise. … They would have never built the interstate freeway system if they had to go through this."
Contributing: David Servatius
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