So there is over 2.5 million acres currently off-limits to drilling in Wyoming
due to this particular bird. Wow. Talk about overkill and skewed
priorities. Common sense says that this bird could be kept off the endangered
species list with a lot less protected land. It's always hard
for many of us to understand how and why ultra-environmentalists always put the
needs of people behind those of every type of bird, animal and fish there is.
How mankind itself has fallen to the very bottom of some people's overall
food-chain is an absurdity.
Comments like this one by someone in the BLM Washington DC office tell me that
this guy is only a politician and really doesn't understand the oil and gas
permitting."There are places that the industry has been approved
to drill that haven't yet been drilled," Snow said. "So it's
not like you can trace a huge bottleneck specifically to sage grouse."There are many reasons why wells that get permitted do not get drilled-
1) the permitting process was so onerous that a smaller company may have changed
objectives, or lost that funding- when it takes over a year to get a permit,
things can change drastically within a company2) another well was drilled
nearby that either proved or disproved the potential for a successful well
(again with a one-year plus approval time for federal permits, things can
change)3) As is often the case, a drilling permit might be approved but
the larger process of developing a field (that process can take up to five years
for BLM approval) holds up the drilling since it is pointless to drill a well if
there is no way to process and transport the oil or gas.