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White House Puts the West on Fast Track for Oil, Gas Drilling
LA Times ^ | 8/25/04 | Alan C. Miller, Tom Hamburger and Julie Cart

Posted on 08/25/2004 8:59:39 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

WASHINGTON — Placing a heavy emphasis on energy production in the American West, the Bush administration has moved aggressively to open up broad areas of largely unspoiled federal land to oil and gas exploration.

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.

Soon after taking office in 2001, the Bush White House set up a little-known task force that acts as a complaint desk for industry, passing energy company concerns directly to federal land management employees in the field. Although the creation of White House task forces is commonplace, experts on the executive branch say it is unusual to have one primarily serving the interests of a single industry.

In addition, the Bureau of Land Management has been pushed to issue drilling permits at a record pace for three of the last four years, an increase of 70% since the Clinton administration.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: drilling; energy; environment; fasttrack; gas; oil; west; whitehouse
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1 posted on 08/25/2004 8:59:41 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

LA Times? Can you beleive the RATS?


2 posted on 08/25/2004 9:04:58 AM PDT by mmyers
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To: NormsRevenge

But what about the environment? the Trees and the birds???? No this can't happen!!!


3 posted on 08/25/2004 9:06:28 AM PDT by Pondman88
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To: NormsRevenge

4 posted on 08/25/2004 9:07:05 AM PDT by AllTheRage (Put yer dukes up)
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To: NormsRevenge

"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. "


Who cares about the animals and other 'natural assets'? Go to a zoo or look at pictures on a PC.

I want cheap gas and I'm willing to sacrifice these natural niceties for both me and my small children because hey - if Bush says it's the right thing to do, then it must be true.


5 posted on 08/25/2004 9:07:42 AM PDT by Blzbba (John Kerry - Dawn of a New Error.)
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To: NormsRevenge

They are drilling new wells everyplace I drive here in OK and our other wells are pumping more then I have ever seen since moving here. Some wells I would never see pump before and now I see them pumping a lot. Lot of trucks on the roads to empty the tanks -- many more than before.


6 posted on 08/25/2004 9:08:01 AM PDT by PhiKapMom (AOII Mom -- Oklahoma is Reagan Country and now Bush Country -- Win Another One for the Gipper!)
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To: NormsRevenge
To me, when I see an oil drilling rig or pump, it gives me a feeling of triumph and victory.


7 posted on 08/25/2004 9:08:04 AM PDT by fishtank
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To: NormsRevenge
Ah, here come the "BUSH IS KILLING YOUR CHILDREN AND SMALL PETS!" ads.

Expect a new John Kerry...er...MoveOn.org ad soon comparing Bush to a small nuclear weapon...

8 posted on 08/25/2004 9:09:06 AM PDT by Damocles (sword of...)
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To: fishtank; TexasCowboy; Dog Gone; NerdDad

Love those toy rigs!


9 posted on 08/25/2004 9:11:34 AM PDT by razorback-bert
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To: razorback-bert

Boy, that is a tiny one.


10 posted on 08/25/2004 9:18:55 AM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Blzbba; Admin Moderator
"Who cares about the animals and other 'natural assets'? Go to a zoo or look at pictures on a PC. I want cheap gas and I'm willing to sacrifice these natural niceties for both me and my small children because hey - if Bush says it's the right thing to do, then it must be true."

How old are you?

11 posted on 08/25/2004 9:21:08 AM PDT by Matchett-PI (All DemocRATS are either religious relativists, libertines or anarchists.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Kerry is for clean coal.

Kerry's clean coal ... have the maid wash it.


12 posted on 08/25/2004 9:22:22 AM PDT by snooker
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To: PhiKapMom

Wasn't there some lawsuit in OK about oil leases on Indian territory that weren't being paid. It might be that the lawsuit was settled and wells are again pumping.


13 posted on 08/25/2004 9:24:16 AM PDT by Eva
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To: PhiKapMom

The other possiblility is that the high oil prices make recovery of oil from shale profitable.


14 posted on 08/25/2004 9:25:50 AM PDT by Eva
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To: fishtank

That's one of the best sights there is. It should be neat and clean, of course, but rounding a bend in a road and finding purposeful concrete, gravel, and steel at work adds considerably to the scenery.


15 posted on 08/25/2004 9:28:58 AM PDT by RightWhale (Withdraw from the 1967 UN Outer Space Treaty and establish property rights)
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To: Blzbba

Drilling in the west and even in ANWR won't solve our long term energy problems. Conservation and new technology can.


16 posted on 08/25/2004 9:29:35 AM PDT by conserv13
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To: NormsRevenge

Timing of this is suspicious.


17 posted on 08/25/2004 9:31:28 AM PDT by ShandaLear (Swifties v. MoveOn.org: David slays Goliath)
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To: NormsRevenge
Drill till the caribou come home...

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18 posted on 08/25/2004 9:31:55 AM PDT by sonofatpatcher2 (Texas, Love & a .45-- What more could you want, campers? };^)
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To: Pondman88

Oil and gas drilling can be done and not harm the local environment. The whole work area is less than a football field and the road in is made with due regard to erosion and other disturbance.

Once the well is producing, the work area shrinks even more and the collecting tanks or pipeline are not that noticeable.

We can have affordable energy as well as a nice view of nature.


19 posted on 08/25/2004 9:39:57 AM PDT by RicocheT
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To: NormsRevenge
Exploration ain't worth gettin' to worked up over. Now if they were issuing permits to build a few new refineries then we got something to cheer about.
20 posted on 08/25/2004 10:03:13 AM PDT by WinMod70
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To: NormsRevenge
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.

Of course, if no one can afford the gas to drive to those places as tourists, they ain't going to be such valuable assets...

21 posted on 08/25/2004 10:04:35 AM PDT by dirtboy (Forget Berger's socks - has ANYONE searched his skin folds for classified documents?)
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To: NormsRevenge
In addition, the Bureau of Land Management has been pushed to issue drilling permits at a record pace for three of the last four years, an increase of 70% since the Clinton administration.

Yeah, Right. ANd the old Clinton apointees have increased the number of hoops to jump through, too.

One well I worked in CO was delayed 3 months so as not to interfere with the 'elk breeding season'. As if anything could stop a bull elk in rut. (Just get out of the way!)

If the fanatics can be reined in, this might help.

22 posted on 08/25/2004 10:10:58 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (Free Escalante Staircase!)
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To: Pondman88

Have 'em just shut off the valves and go home, then.


23 posted on 08/25/2004 10:14:01 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (Free Escalante Staircase!)
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To: RicocheT
I am on a drilling location now, in Montana.

When we are done with this (dual lateral horizontal) well, we will have tapped 640 acres of reservoir from one site.

Trucks are only used to haul oil here until the pipeline tie-in is completed.

There are at least 10 other rigs in the immediate area, and we've been busy for three years now.

I'm liking it. I enjoy getting a steady paycheck. Not like the Clinton Years.

24 posted on 08/25/2004 10:19:44 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (Free Escalante Staircase!)
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To: NormsRevenge

About FReeping time. Most anyway to get oil is better than continuing to subsidize the Jihadies.


25 posted on 08/25/2004 10:23:17 AM PDT by El Gato (Federal Judges can twist the Constitution into anything.. Or so they think.)
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To: Matchett-PI

"How old are you?"


My original post was meant to be sarcasm...

How old are YOU?


26 posted on 08/25/2004 10:25:49 AM PDT by Blzbba (John Kerry - Dawn of a New Error.)
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To: conserv13
Drilling in the west and even in ANWR won't solve our long term energy problems. Conservation and new technology can.

But they will help in the short run. Short meaning a few decades. In the long new techology is the only answer. It's raining soup just a few tens of miles up, we need to build some big soup bowls.

27 posted on 08/25/2004 10:26:46 AM PDT by El Gato (Federal Judges can twist the Constitution into anything.. Or so they think.)
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To: razorback-bert; Dog Gone

Little workover rig. Looks like they are pulling 30 ft singles. Probably a shallow completion. I can't quite make out the signage on the equipment on the right side of the photo. That might be a clue to what they are doing.


28 posted on 08/25/2004 10:26:52 AM PDT by capitan_refugio
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To: Matchett-PI

"How old are you?"


And speaking of age, why did you feel it necessary to post a reply to a sarcastic comment to the AM?


29 posted on 08/25/2004 10:27:45 AM PDT by Blzbba (John Kerry - Dawn of a New Error.)
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To: conserv13

"Drilling in the west and even in ANWR won't solve our long term energy problems. Conservation and new technology can."


Agreed. My first post in this thread was meant to be sarcasm.


30 posted on 08/25/2004 10:28:17 AM PDT by Blzbba (John Kerry - Dawn of a New Error.)
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To: Eva

That case is not settled yet. It involves royalty accounting by the Dept. of the Interior.


31 posted on 08/25/2004 10:28:25 AM PDT by capitan_refugio
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To: capitan_refugio
You can see other photos of this operation in Kentucky here.
32 posted on 08/25/2004 10:32:55 AM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: capitan_refugio

They should just pay them and get it overwith.


33 posted on 08/25/2004 10:33:58 AM PDT by Eva
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To: NormsRevenge

The whole city of Los Angeles is sitting on a field of crude and natural gas that it was forced to purchase after bankrupting the surviving Manley family members and there are pockets of methane and hydrogen sulfide all over the Fairfax District which makes for some shaky living at times.


34 posted on 08/25/2004 10:38:31 AM PDT by Old Professer (If they win, it will be because we've become too soft.)
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To: Blzbba
When people ask me that, they say, How old Are you?
35 posted on 08/25/2004 10:40:49 AM PDT by Old Professer (If they win, it will be because we've become too soft.)
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To: El Gato

We could build some soup bowls. Money is not a problem. There is a massive stash of money on the sidelines waiting for something to do.


36 posted on 08/25/2004 10:45:24 AM PDT by RightWhale (Withdraw from the 1967 UN Outer Space Treaty and establish property rights)
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To: Old Professer

"How old Are you?"


86.


37 posted on 08/25/2004 10:49:48 AM PDT by Blzbba (John Kerry - Dawn of a New Error.)
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To: Eva
"They should just pay them and get it overwith."

The case involves records, or lack thereof, over the span of several decades. Several billions of dollars are involved and it is not simply a case of non-payment. There are also allegations of Indian embezzlement, graft and corruption.

38 posted on 08/25/2004 11:34:39 AM PDT by capitan_refugio
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To: Blzbba
I realize your post is meant to be sarcastic, but the issue of petroleum production and the environment is not "either/or." If you study the issue, you will realize that petroleum resourses are found only in a limited number of geologic settings. That these places are also "scenic" (an esthetic judgement, at best) does not mean that oil and gas production can not also occur.

By way of example, the Los Padres National Forest, north of the Los Angeles and Ventura area is very scenic. I hike there and also have in the past taken educational field trip there. Oil production has been occuring, harmoniously and unobtrusively, in the area now designated National Forest, wilderness areas, and condor preserve for over 125 years. In fact, the access to the area is by old oil field roads and trails.

39 posted on 08/25/2004 11:43:58 AM PDT by capitan_refugio
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To: NormsRevenge
"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."

Changing to a minimum wage, seasonal, tourism economy instead of a resource extraction, high wage system that traditionally existed in the west.

I'll take energy self sufficiency and growth over tree hugging any day!

40 posted on 08/25/2004 11:55:41 AM PDT by paleocon patriarch (Rule One: -"The cover-up is worse than the event." Rule Two: "No one ever remembers the first rule.)
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To: capitan_refugio

I agree.

Given the general laziness and stubbornness of all human beings, I say let's hurry up & suck all of Earth's oil out of the ground as quickly as possible so we can then force ourselves to find a cheaper, healthier alternative.

There's no way that we'll stop sucking the oily teats of the Earth until it's (oil) all gone, so the quicker we do that, the quicker we'll be forced to find an alternative.

And as you said, this can be done with minimal environmental intrusion so that limp-wristed, bunny-hugging argument can't be used.


41 posted on 08/25/2004 12:08:02 PM PDT by Blzbba (John Kerry - Dawn of a New Error.)
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To: Dog Gone
Kentucky!

"This is the story of a man named Jed,
a poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed,
and then one day he was shooting at some food,
when up through the ground came a bubbling crude!"

That's what I call a "shallow completion."

42 posted on 08/25/2004 12:12:42 PM PDT by capitan_refugio
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To: Blzbba
As you listen to campaign rhetoric, keep this in mind: "alternative energy sources" are not a cure-all. Every "alternative" source has one kind of drawback or another.

We have Senator's over in Iceland looking at geothermal as we speak. Where are the active geothermal areas in the United States? Yellowstone, Long Valley (Mammoth lakes area) in California, the Salton Sea area on the Mexican border, and the Geysers area north of San Francisco. Not withstanding three of these four areas are in anti-everything California, do you think any of these areas could be developed for national needs. No way.

How about wind power. That mean massive "wind farms." One has been proposed for off of Cape Cod. The Kennedys are against it - it would impact their view. There are a couple of projects in the boonies of California, but they are out in the desert or tucked away in the mountains. And they don't supply all that much power.

Solar energy, you say? That means the manufacture of solar cells, which use polluting materials, and of course, the storage question. Lead-acid or other metallic batteries on a large scale? Perish that thought.

Well, what about "clean burning coal"? There is no such thing. "Cleaner" burning maybe, but not because of the coal, but from the expensive scrubbing apparatus involved."

Okay then - oil shale. Which mountain range in Utah or Wyoming do we level? And its no cleaner than any other oil source, it's just mined instead of pumped.

In the long run, the most viable and cost-effective petroleum replacement for non-transportation needs is nuclear. And we know how that has been accepted.

The point you allude to, in reality, and one I agree with, is this nation needs an energy policy that looks past the next election cycle.

43 posted on 08/25/2004 12:39:15 PM PDT by capitan_refugio
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To: conserv13

A beautiful sight!!!

44 posted on 08/25/2004 12:51:26 PM PDT by fishtank
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To: capitan_refugio
That is a Capstar rig, at least Capstar seems to have a monopoly on them. They have a pick-up arm for the drill pipe and a top drive, I have gone to 6000' with one.
45 posted on 08/25/2004 1:20:11 PM PDT by razorback-bert
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To: Dog Gone; TexasCowboy; NerdDad

Yep, it is a Capstar, I used one over in Jackson, Ohio.

Scape the ground with a dozer, dig a pit, set 15 ft of surface casing, and drill to maybe 3000 ft.


Results, six dry holes.


46 posted on 08/25/2004 1:24:58 PM PDT by razorback-bert
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To: NormsRevenge

Well blow me down.

Now this is one I never expected to see again. Hallelujah!!


47 posted on 08/25/2004 1:26:53 PM PDT by Leatherneck_MT (Goodnight Chesty, wherever you may be.)
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To: Dog Gone; TexasCowboy; NerdDad

This is what, we were looking for.

48 posted on 08/25/2004 1:29:50 PM PDT by razorback-bert
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To: fishtank; razorback-bert; Dog Gone; capitan_refugio; El Gato; Smokin' Joe; Eaker; Squantos
Let's look at a real rig:

South Texas, 18,000'.

49 posted on 08/25/2004 1:34:37 PM PDT by TexasCowboy
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To: RicocheT
"Oil and gas drilling can be done and not harm the local environment."

In most places, the wellheads can be sunken so that you can't even see them.
We drilled several wells across from and behind the Ramada Inn in Laurel, MS. You won't see them unless you know where they are.

50 posted on 08/25/2004 1:43:32 PM PDT by TexasCowboy
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