Issues of concern to people who live in the west: property rights, water rights, endangered species, livestock grazing, energy production, wilderness and western agriculture. Plus a few items on western history, western literature and the sport of rodeo... Frank DuBois served as the NM Secretary of Agriculture from 1988 to 2003. DuBois is a former legislative assistant to a U.S. Senator, a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Interior, and is the founder of the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Feds approve Utah gas-drilling project
Federal officials are giving approval to nearly 1,300 natural gas wells in eastern Utah despite protests from environmental groups. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says the government is mandating a number of environmental safeguards for drilling by Englewood, Colo.-based Gasco Energy Inc. Salazar says no drilling will take place within five miles of the Green River's Desolation Canyon, one of the largest roadless areas in the Lower 48 states. Environmental groups wanted federal officials to shrink the project area more than it did in a last-minute compromise with the company. Gasco was authorized to use no more than 575 drilling pads for 1,298 wells, using directional drilling to reach out-of-the-way gas pockets deep underground. AP
Let' see, leases offered in the Gulf of Mexico, drilling approved in Utah...is this an election year?