all leaseable mineral developers pay aroyalty on the development. Half of that
royalty goes to the Federal Treasury an d half goes to the state in which the
lands are located.About the viewshed I can and have pointed out that
drill rigs are temporary on the land. They are not like the big white bird
killing monstrocities that are usually placed on hill tops for as long as they
last. Drilling is not allowed on hill tops to preserve Visual resources. Drill
rigs are followed by nearly invisible drill caps never more than six feet high
and only in place for the twenty or thirty year life of the well.
The United States citizens are giving their birthright away. The natural
resources held under our feet should be retained and managed by our Govt.
Ecuador, Chili, Argentina and others contract out for resource development and
own all of the profits. We do not profit from harvesting the oil, natural gas
and other resources, but pay them subsidies. Gas prices there are moderate with
surplus revenue going to support the citizens. Why is this a better
way? These countries have very low tax rates on their citizens. Health care is
paid for, infrastructure, school needs and just about all Govt. operating costs
are funded by this revenue. Currently three US ports are being modified to
export natural gas. Asia pays 10 times the price for our natural gas than we do
and Europe wants an alternative source to Russia. Is this
Socialist, Communist or whatever flag you want to raise? Remember these
corporations do work but under competitive contracts and do make a profit if
they are good. Who gains to lose are the futures markets that yo-yo the market
and other speculators on Wall Street. Who stands to win is the US.