The New U.S. 'OPEC States'

The Los Angeles Times reports on an unprecedented push by the Bush Administration to lift protections on federal lands for oil and gas exploration.
August 25, 2004, 11am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"The administration has pressed for approval of new drilling permits across the Rocky Mountains and lifted protections on hundreds of thousands of acres with gas and oil reserves in Utah and Colorado. In the process, it has targeted a number of places prized for their scenery, abundant wildlife and clean water, natural assets increasingly valuable to the region's changing economy.

...Internal memos and interviews show senior administration officials have directed federal employees to be responsive to industry, commended offices that approved large numbers of drilling permits and chastised those that were slow.

The effort is so intense in the oil- and gas-rich Rockies that some Bureau of Land Management employees there have taken to calling the region 'the OPEC states.' "

Thanks to Chris Steins

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Published on Wednesday, August 25, 2004 in The Los Angeles Times
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