Energy Groups Blast BLM for Caving to Environmentalists

oil-and-gas-industry-300Western Energy Alliance and the West Slope Colorado Oil & Gas Association (WSCOGA) together with 10 Colorado, regional, and national trade associations submitted comments to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) regarding 65 valid existing leases in the White River National Forest in Colorado. The groups say these leases were purchased in good faith after the completion of forest planning and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis, but the BLM failed to perform one technical step. Rather than simply correcting that technicality, the BLM is going back to the drawing board and potentially changing the rules several years after the leases were sold and issued. They say the BLM’s actions, prompted by political pressure from anti-oil and natural gas groups, undermine the confidence and regulatory certainty necessary for the entire federal onshore oil and natural gas system.  Environmental groups such as the Thompson Divide Coalition, which is funded by the Aspen Skiing Company, owned by the multi-millionaire Crown family of Chicago, are driving the opposition.  The groups say taking away lands properly designated as available for environmentally responsible oil and natural gas development, puts middle-class jobs and economic development on the West Slope at risk.  You can read the full letter by clicking the link below.

Full Letter