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BY JOSH LANDER
ANCHOR NEVILLE MILLER


The re-elected Obama administration is making some waves to start off its new term. The Interior Department issued a final plan to close 1.6 million acres of federal land originally slated for oil shale development. As The Hill explains...

“The proposed plan would fence off a majority of the initial blueprint laid out in the final days of the George W. Bush administration... Under the plan, 677,000 acres in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming would be open for oil shale exploration. Another 130,000 acres in Utah would be set aside for tar sands production. ”

Some might remember a moment during a presidential debate just a short while ago where oil caused a pretty heated argument between the candidates. Governor Romney accused the president of not using U.S. land efficiently to increase oil production. CNN has the president’s response...

“These are public lands. So if you wanna drill on public lands, you use it or you lose it. And so what we did is take away those leases and  we are now re-letting them so we can actually make a profit.”

It comes as little surprise that Republicans across the country are riled up over the proposed changes to a plan the last Republican president implemented. But a Fox News blogger says the proposed changes are also not sitting well with Wildlife protectors.

“Interior’s Bureau of Land Management cited environmental concerns for the proposed changes. Among other things, it excised lands with “wilderness characteristics” and areas that conflicted with sage grouse habitats.”

Next up for the proposal is a 30-day protest period and a 60-day process to ensure it is consistent with local and state policies.

 

 

Obama Admin. Blocks Oil Production on 1.6 Billion Acres

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Nov 10, 2012

Obama Admin. Blocks Oil Production on 1.6 Billion Acres

(Image Source - CNN)

BY JOSH LANDER
ANCHOR NEVILLE MILLER


The re-elected Obama administration is making some waves to start off its new term. The Interior Department issued a final plan to close 1.6 million acres of federal land originally slated for oil shale development. As The Hill explains...

“The proposed plan would fence off a majority of the initial blueprint laid out in the final days of the George W. Bush administration... Under the plan, 677,000 acres in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming would be open for oil shale exploration. Another 130,000 acres in Utah would be set aside for tar sands production. ”

Some might remember a moment during a presidential debate just a short while ago where oil caused a pretty heated argument between the candidates. Governor Romney accused the president of not using U.S. land efficiently to increase oil production. CNN has the president’s response...

“These are public lands. So if you wanna drill on public lands, you use it or you lose it. And so what we did is take away those leases and  we are now re-letting them so we can actually make a profit.”

It comes as little surprise that Republicans across the country are riled up over the proposed changes to a plan the last Republican president implemented. But a Fox News blogger says the proposed changes are also not sitting well with Wildlife protectors.

“Interior’s Bureau of Land Management cited environmental concerns for the proposed changes. Among other things, it excised lands with “wilderness characteristics” and areas that conflicted with sage grouse habitats.”

Next up for the proposal is a 30-day protest period and a 60-day process to ensure it is consistent with local and state policies.

 

 

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