Report: Too much BLM time threatens billions of dollars in oil, gas revenue

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  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    July 7, 2014 11:52 a.m.

    To "MyChildrensKeeper" actually fracking has been proven to be safe. The Federal Government did a big study, and found that it was a safe process. It isn't a new process, and has been used for over 60 years.

    To "joeandrade" here is the cool thing about mineral rights. Whenever minerals or oil is extracted from the earth for commercial purposes, the Federal Government collects royalties based on how much they pull out. Plus, the government collects "rent" on all of the federal land. They could afford the additional inspectors if they first allowed more drilling.

  • Swiss Price, Utah
    July 7, 2014 8:34 a.m.

    Interesting that the first comments are from the Wasatch Front the biggest energy using part of the state. Maybe a few brownouts and a cutoff of natural gas would bring reality back to the discussion. When the only wilderness you can afford to visit is the Mount Olympus wilderness area.

  • Tumbleweed Centerville, UT
    July 6, 2014 10:03 p.m.

    Leave it to agencies under this administration to put a wrench in our becoming energy independent, a vital issue for our national defense. Furthermore, gas prices are double what they were under President Bush. The more delays and more EPA power, the more gas prices will rise or remain high. That's a huge burden on the average American, let alone those with low incomes. I can't imagine all of the jobs that are not being created because of the ridiculous burdens placed upon the oil and gas industries.

  • joeandrade Salt Lake City, UT
    July 6, 2014 4:46 p.m.

    Clearly all applications for Federal action should be handled competently, efficiently, and expeditiously. And clearly there are improvements to be made. But…

    what is the point of approving thousands of drilling permits when we know that nearly all fossil fuel reserves need to remain exactly where they are - in the ground. We have already exceeded the tolerable level of CO2 in our atmosphere, according to nearly all measures and models. We need to get beyond fossil fuels.

    As Princess Elsa might say - "let them go…"

    And even if you are oblivious to the climate change issue, the BLM doesn't have the budget to inspect and regulate existing wells, raising a wide range of health and other environmental concerns. Until they have the budget and staff to inspect and regulate drilling and production of existing wells and leases, there should be a moratorium on new permits, new approvals, new leases.

    Savvy investors and financiers are already leaving - and divesting from - fossil fuel-based industries. They are putting their money into 21st Century energy and resource activities. Those continuing to invest in fossil fuels will eventually - and hopefully - lose their shirts - and more.

  • MyChildrensKeeper Taylorsville, UT
    July 6, 2014 4:40 a.m.

    Its better a slow government than a hasty document that can have some severe economic impacts in our wilderness. Of course we know why all these permits have been delayed, they are to fracture the core of the earth and destroy the foundation and safety of environmental destruction out of sight and out of mind for 40 years when it can't be undone.

    Who cars about the money or billions of dollars or trillions of dollars if its going go kill man? All this random lies betraying our environment and our futures is not worth any amount of money or any amount of bureaucrats who only care about themselves.

    Fracking is not a proven safe way to drill for oil, suck up Governor, take the lead and think of the peoples rights first. We don't need government, we can regulate and govern ourselves without bureaucrats and career liars and welfare departments. Its what we do, its what being an americans is all about. Self sufficient, independent, and prosperous self governing citizens.

    Its better to be safe than sorry to allow greedy politicians and oil companies to squander our lives and families just for money.