Balancing act in the West: Video showcases Moab land planning process

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  • lket Bluffdale, UT
    Aug. 11, 2014 1:07 p.m.

    well we know money always wins in utah look at the prison move that will cost taxpayers money but make speacial interest groups richer. and will always cost more than leaving it where it is. because of transport costs.

  • homers Provo, UT
    Aug. 11, 2014 12:18 p.m.

    A blank check, especially compared to the way oil and gas leases are currently apportioned? You guys must have seen a different video than the one I watched. I think both the environmental community and the oil and gas industry view the new Master Leasing Plan (MLP)as an attempt by the Obama BLM to further restrict oil and gas leasing and drilling. The environmental community would much rather trust the MLP than the old schematic as defined by the Resource Management Plan (RMP). The oil and gas industry would rather operate under the RMP than the new MLP. Talk to s ime of them, on either side of the issue, and you will find I am right.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Aug. 11, 2014 9:41 a.m.

    I took away the same thing, a blank check per say for the oil & gas companies to explore and exploit where ever they wish within Area X. Seems like a bad Idea.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Aug. 11, 2014 9:27 a.m.

    The Center for American Progress is one of the few reasonably impartial think tanks around. That, at least, is hopeful.

  • byronbca Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 11, 2014 8:46 a.m.

    Just watched the video and my take away was that this proposal will make it a lot easier for oil and gas to drill. It will essentially get rid of all the red tape.

    I would love to see a map that shows the proposed drill sites and oil roads. Once these roads are built they never really go away. All of the Uranium roads that were cleared in the 50s are still just as visible today as they were back then, if you don't believe me go try and find Uranium Arch.

    I'm not opposed to drilling but when it comes to the Moab Area, I have a hard time believing oil and gas will be flipping the bill to restore the land once they have exhausted the resources.