Court arguments focus on process behind Roan leasing

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Balance between environmental protection and clean drilling operations is a concept that doesn’t even exist in the eco-hypocrits vocabulary. They only understand a militant no drilling period philosophy.

Actually the plaintif groups are working to keep drilling off the public lands on top, and out of critical wildife habitqt at the bottom, not against leasing and drilling in the planning area altogether.  Directional drilling would be able to access much of the reserve…and more over the decades that BBC indicated it would be working there…according to BBC own plans it intends to drill about 3500 wells on top of the Plateau (leaving little room to ‘balance’ other uses) although BLM only considered and analyzed 210.  BLM needs to do its job—it hasn’t here, and hopefully the judge will agree.

Note that the reporter fails to mention that if this lawsuit succeeds, the State will be on the Hook for about $56 million from these leases which will have to go back to the Feds.

This is just another typical attempt by the environmental lobby, which controls the State Government here, to get in the way of business.

The stake is much higher than just the $56 million we are on the hook for. It means thousands of jobs and billions in severance tax, property tax, and employment tax revenues. OF course the state and the Western Slope don’t need any of those. I think the citizens who want energy development should be able to sue these groups for the billions in lot revenue and jobs.

@KMc -  The article was about the court arguments yesterday.  Not sure why you think the reporter failed to introduce information that wasn’t part of that.  The reporter also did not mention that the Roan Plateau is one of Colorado’s top spots for biological diversity; includes some of the purest strains of CR cutthroat trout on the planet, include municipal watersheds, includes popular recreational, including hunting lands; and is favored for protection by the vast majority of comments from the American public that were collected by the BLM on this proposal, the actual owners of this land and of the resources beneath it.  Rather, the reported reported on what he sat through yesterday.  Like good reporters do.

Actually, Peter, biological diversity is completely covered in the article. A good reporter would fill in the consequences of said lawsuit. That is what called investigative reporting. Instead we get a slanted report that gives only the environmental side. Not good reporting, but to people like you it is good journalism.

@KMc- Not completely covered, mentioned in passing, as is the revenue the lease sale generated.



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