It’s time for a new environmentalism 
that’s willing to accept energy industry

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Local tolerance might improve if industry lobbyists spent more time actually engaging and listening to citizens rather than filing motion to suppress their testimony, filing suits to overturn democratically passed initiatives, or using op-eds to label all those concerned about real health and environmental issues as throwbacks to Walt Whitman. 

Being aware that our lifestyle takes energy (the point of the Gilman piece by my reading) is not the same as giving industry carte blanche to decide when, how, how close, and under what decades-old land use plan development will happen under.

Gilman’s column—the part that COGA spokesperson Ludlam skipped over apparently to grasp onto to the sentences he favored:

“Worse, the sale [proposed for the North Fork] would occur under the terms of the outdated Resource Management Plan, a 23-year-old document which governs development on hundred of thousands of acres. If the agency waited, it could re-examine the proposal under the updated version—due in draft this spring—which, in theory, would allow it to account for advances in drilling technology and changes to the area’s economy, demographics and environment. That might help the agency strike a clearer balance between energy development and other interests.”

Citizens and local communities deserve a say—and sometimes that means other uses of lands and resources are more important than adding yet more NatGas to a glutted market so industry can raise, I mean ‘stabilize’ our prices by shipping it off to China… Communities want a say, and until industry apologists decide that citizens are more than just an impediment to profit and a billing address for revenue these conflicts will continue and increase.



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