Donald Trump’s America just isn’t the good outdoor. Neither is Division of Inside secretary Bernhardt’s, nor Bureau of Land Administration director Pendley’s. If it have been, these males wouldn’t be opening enormous swaths of land close to Arches, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef Nationwide Parks to grease/fuel drilling leases. As an alternative, they might decry the truck and extraction noise that’s certain to permeate our parks, the 24/7 lighting and flares that may invade darkish skies, the economic views that may interrupt pristine skylines.
These leases usually are not financial drivers. Bidding begins at $2 per acre, and barely rises above that. Corporations have as much as 10 years to develop leases and are sometimes granted extensions. If an oil/fuel firm begins extracting, it pays a tiny 12.5% royalty on earnings — solely half of which fits to the state. (Corporations with producing wells have acquired royalty reductions as a result of COVID-19; no reductions have been given to photo voltaic or wind installations.)
In 1981, Secretary of the Inside James Watt famously prayed to be evacuated from a float journey within the Grand Canyon, which he described as “extremely boring.” Not since Watt has the highly effective great thing about the West been so flagrantly dismissed. Are Utahns actually able to sacrifice a lot, for therefore little?
Salt Lake Metropolis
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