Is oil lease a choice between schoolchildren and hunters?

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  • Fitz Murray, UT
    Aug. 29, 2013 1:52 p.m.

    In 1967, the US Supreme Court handed down a decision regarding compensation on trust lands. The decision, known as Lassen v AZ, reads in part "We hold therefore that Arizona must actually compensate the trust in money for the full appraised value...on or over trust lands. This standard most nearly reproduces the results of the auction prescribed...and most consistently reflects the essential purposes of the grant."

    It has been clear that the fiduciary responsibilities of Trust Land managers, regardless of the state, must manage the lands for maximum economic benefits. Wildlife, according to a Trib article by Brett Prettyman yesterday, yields about $650,000 per year to SITLA. That is way below the potential annual revenue that would be generated through development of oil and gas in the Book Cliffs.

    Gov. Herbert has stepped in and violated exactly the reason that SITLA was established. The reason that SITLA was established as a quasi-government entity is to keep political influence out of the decision process. The Governor needs to respect the decision of the SITLA Board, apologize for his attempt to influence the Board, and stay out of the picture. The Books should have been developed years ago.

  • Utahoutdoorsman South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 6:42 p.m.

    Utah schools have a huge margin to increase in per student spending. We are one of the lowest in the nation. We also need better and more teachers per student.
    The techniques for drilling are less evasive than any previous generation. They can drill down then turn sideways and continue to drill. The impact on hunting and the landscape is very minimal.
    The revenue generated will always exceed any personal contributions and will also lower the cost of fuel in the western US.
    To me this is a no brainer. Drill, find oil, pay the Utah Schools, Bring lower fuel prices to the state. Win Win Win!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 4:12 p.m.

    This one is tough. First of all I LOVE the Book Cliffs and have spent much time there hunting and simply being there. I want it to remain as is. But I am an advocate for multiple use and I definately want to see SITLA fullfill its mission of generating revenue for education.

    My since hope is that an agreement can be reached that will leave the Book Cliffs untouched but in order to do it enviromental and sportsmans groups are going to need to come up with the dollars to replace what would have been generated. These lands belong to SITLA and as much as I want them preserved it is the responsibility of those that want it to pay for it.

    SFW, SUWA, etc. need to get their fundraisers working and not just try to file some lawsuit over this. Pay those that own it what they need to be paid and do it asap so that this can be averted.