Bush Administration Had Opened 110,000 Acres Near Pristine Areas to Energy Exploration-

Interior Secretary Cancels Leases on Federal Land in Utah. Bush Administration Had Opened 110,000 Acres Near Pristine Areas to Energy Exploration.By Juliet Eilperin.Washington Post Staff Writer.

April Clauson reported this in a comment earlier. Above is the full story.
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This is sale the brave University of Utah student disrupted. See below.

Scrapped Utah drilling-lease sale thrills Redford, monkey-wrencher. On hold » While actor, U. activist cheer, industry laments Salazar’s decision to shelve auction of 77 redrock sites.
By Patty Henetz. The Salt Lake Tribune

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan's Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of "Hiking Idaho." He also wrote "Beyond the Tetons" and "Backpacking Wyoming's Teton and Washakie Wilderness." He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

8 Responses to Salazar Cancels Oil and Gas Leases on your public land in Utah

  1. April Clauson says:

    Thanks for the acknowledgment Ralph. Good news! I hope the young man that tried to help stop this with his fake bids will be exonerated also. He was only trying to help! I hope Salazar keeps up with this type of attitude. Now he needs to deal with Wyoming, Idaho and Montana wildlife issues.

  2. Rick Hammel says:

    So much for Salazar doing oil and gas bidding.

  3. JimT says:

    A step in the right direction. But don’t put Ken out of reach of oil and gas just yet. For weeks, there was chatter that the sale was tainted and it would have to be pulled and reconsidered because of the actions of the environmental bidder. When Salazar does something proactively with no other reason than for environmentally positive reasons, I will cheer his independence.

  4. Ken Cole says:


    There was also talk that the oil companies were afraid that this would happen so they wanted to keep the leases that they bought even though they paid a higher price for them due to Tim DeChristopher’s monkey wrenching.

    I doubt that Salazar would put these leases back up for auction unless he really does want to make sure that the auctions are untarnished by the common folk.

  5. Brooke Funk says:

    I wish we could could Orrin Hatch out of there….

  6. BobCaesar says:

    Brooke – What’s an Oran Hatch? We might of had one at our bird feeder? Are they the one’s that just suck the oil out of a suet cake leaving only the dry and useless gunk?

  7. Bob,

    They are the hatch’s that pretend they can sing, but drive the other birds crazy and so secure the feed for themselves. 😉

  8. JimT says:

    Sounds like cowbirds, Ralph..VBG.

    Ken, they wouldn’t be able to split the lease process legally; if there was a problem in the process, then the leases are tainted despite the bidders’wishes. and Salazar did the right thing environmentally and procedurally. As to whether they come up or not, I would hazard a guess that Grijalva will be addressing legislation that way in the next few months…Whether it passes the Senate..who knows? But all he can do is to mind his own “House”…!S~!


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