Groups oppose gas bid-rigging settlement

Five Western Slope environmental groups are protesting as too lenient the proposed settlement the U.S. Department of Justice has reached with two natural gas companies accused of illegally…


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The charge is the result of a former GEC vice president who turned whistle blower.

My personal opinion is:
If leases are obtained under collusion or other illegal activity, they should be immediately null and void. Then administrative procedure should impose fines and/or jail for perpetrators and impose a ban from those companies being eligible for the bid process x number of years.
This would send a clear message that it is a privilege to have government lands available for mineral development, but if you abuse the system, you forfeit your privilege, ill-gotten gains, and pay a penalty.

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