Not only could development spoil these lands, but the leases are being given
away at rock bottom prices. The article indicates 3 million for 134000 acres.
That's only about $22 per acre! Many oil leases for private lands in the
Uintah Basin go for $200-500 per acre. Royalties related to these leases are
15-20%. The article does not indicate royalty amounts, but if similar to the
low per acre lease fees, the BLM is giving away our oil. This adds insult to
injury. We are leasing our precious lands for oil production and GIVING AWAY
THE OIL. This needs to stop.
As one who has known Moab and the surrounding area for six decades there have
been a number of changes. Yes you can see a uranium mine here and there or run
into a gas or oil well occasionally, you can go see where old western movies
were set and of course you can still see some cow pies here and there. All
these left their mark to one extent or another.No other change has
been as drastic, no other change has been as “devastating”, as some
claim an occasional oil or gas well is, as has been the “discovery”
of the area in the last 25 years. It is the numbers of people who come in a
visitors and the number of people who decide they want to build their
retirement, dream or vacation home there who have done the most damage to this
area of the state. We advertise for more people to come and see the beauty but
human presence comes with a price.
Well done BLM. This means more jobs and economic development for hard pressed
rural Utahns. Utah already has enough of its Public Lands locked up in National
Parks and Monuments.
'"The effect of oil and gas leasing near an area as pristine beautiful
and important to the American West as Canyonlands National Park cannot be
ignored," said Walt Dabney, a former superintendent of Arches and
Canyonlands national parks.'It's not enough for these
people that we have set aside national parks were none of this can happen. No
they don't want it to happen anywhere in the general vicinity! We have set
aside and protected millions of acres of land in these parks. They include vast
swaths of barren land as buffer zone around the beautiful geologic features.
This is becoming ridiculous. We all need fuel to drive our cars to see these
wonderful places.I hope this guy doesn't drive a car, fly in an
airplane or wear synthetic clothing.