Victory claimed by both sides in legal dispute over gas and oil leases

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  • Mewzik DENVER, CO
    July 1, 2011 11:22 a.m.

    Perhaps the government could be motivated to work more quickly if it didn't receive the money until the leases have been issued and the protests resolved! As the article notes, there is a huge amount of capital sitting in federal coffers (not earning interest!) while the government piddles around and evaluates every gnat in an area before it decides to issue a lease. What makes it even more egregious is that this process follows years upon years of prior analysis and subsequent multiple evaluations of the same patches of land, as well as a prior determination by the Federal Land Management Agencies that the lands should be made available for leasing. Ask yourself: Do we need energy, revenue and jobs? We can have them, and a great environment too--one that is just as pristine as most Congressionally-designated Wilderness areas (which, in case you didn't know, typically contain drilled wells, mines, buildings, and roads.) Baxter, we have MORE than 100 years worth of petroleum resources in our country. And with the development of new technologies, that number will undoubtedly increase in the near term. Meanwhile, we continue with the development of new energy resources.

  • Baxter LOGAN, UT
    June 30, 2011 1:51 p.m.

    Independence cannot come with a timeline. Our nation does have about 100 years of fossil fuels. Then what? Doesn't matter, because we likely won't have to explain to our great-grandchildren what occurred in the early 2100s?

  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    June 29, 2011 1:28 p.m.

    We've got enough oil and natural gas under this nation to run our economy for a hundred years. We could have energy independence, it but the environmentalists won't allow it. They would rather bankrupt the nation competing for resources on the global stage.

  • Utah Girl Vernal, UT
    June 29, 2011 12:38 p.m.

    Thank you, judge! Most of the work here in the Basin slowed to almost a halt 2 years ago, and companies and people pulled out and went to Williston ND, Pennsylvania, and other areas where there was work. I hope this will mean that we as a community can go back to work again. People on the "outside" seem to think that the oil and gas producers want to trash the wilderness and turn it into a barren wasteland. That is definitely not true. Most of the exploration and drilling companies do a very good job of leaving as small of a disturbance as possible once they are through drilling. If oil is found, then a pump and storage tanks are all that is left, with enough surface area for tankers to stop, load up and turn around. Companies like Bill Barrett have spent a LOT of money to protect and preserve the petroglyphs, and to mitigate damage from dust. As a nation, we need these resources domestically, and lessen our dependence on foreign oil and natural gas.