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An auction of land, near the boundaries of three national parks in Utah was disrupted when an activist bid on the land, with no intention to pay, in order to disrupt the auction.

The Bureau of Land Management has expanded its oil and gas lease program in eastern Utah to include tens of thousands of acres on or near the boundaries of three national parks, according to revised maps published this week.

National Park Service officials say that the decision to open lands close to Arches National Park and Dinosaur National Monument and within eyeshot of Canyonlands National Park was made without the kind of consultation that had previously been routine.  (NY Times 11/7/2008)

The Parks Service were not given the customary one to three months notice to review and comment on the leases.

The net effect according to the Times is that if any of the leases are delivered before Inauguration day it will be difficult for the new administration to reverse the leases.

Before the new lands could be opened to leasing, the land management bureau had to revise its resource management plans designating which areas are appropriate for mining, drilling and motorized recreation and which should remain free of such activity. (NY Times)

Activists said the sale would threaten Utah’s wild lands and spoil the view from some of the state’s spectacular national parks with drilling rigs. (NY Times Dec. 20)

To Paraphrase Mr. Spock "Does the good of the many outweigh the good of the few?"


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 23rd, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC)
The only good in this is preserving the land. This is another abomination by the Bush administration.
Dec. 23rd, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC)
I worded it that way to avoid the vitriol on politicsforum where I cross posted it.

It is outrageous.
Dec. 24th, 2008 12:38 am (UTC)
I wondered. I wasn't clear on your question. They will probably still attack. I feel like we come from different universes sometimes, those who don't understand the necessity of preservation and those who would destroy the land we stand on and the air we breathe, but, then, one stem cell, don't touch that.
Dec. 24th, 2008 12:39 am (UTC)
They are attacking. Why do I do this?
Dec. 24th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
My husband does the same thing. He does it because every once in awhile, he makes a chink in their armor. He finds it worthwhile. I don't have the stomach for it.

It is true though that you might get through to one or two, or get through a little bit to each one.

How can they attack on this? I don't get it. As I say, I feel like we come from different universes. My icon right now is colliding galaxies. I guess I hope we can somehow understand each other, with them, of course, coming to my/our viewpoint, which is the correct one, after all. :)

Edited at 2008-12-24 12:53 am (UTC)
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Dec. 24th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
kick some ass my friend.
Dec. 24th, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)
Are you Rev-Hicks?
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Dec. 25th, 2008 02:50 pm (UTC)
Somebody of that name had replied on politicjournal. I thought that it might be you. Happy Holiday.
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