Skip to comments.Energy Needs Left High And Dry
Posted on 07/15/2010 5:40:06 PM PDT by Kaslin
Energy Policy: As the job-killing deepwater drilling ban continues offshore, our interior secretary defends an onshore ban imposed in Utah. If we could drill in places like that, maybe oil wouldn't be gushing a mile under the Gulf of Mexico.
The 64-million-gallon question in the Gulf oil spill is why we were drilling 5,000 feet down in the first place. The administration line, as expressed by the president in his recent Oval Office speech, is that oil resources on land and just offshore are running out. The falsity of that claim can be seen in the battle over 77 oil leases in Utah.
On Tuesday, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar defended his decision to block those leases, which were auctioned off in the waning days of the Bush administration. Last year, Salazar also stopped plans to lease oil shale rights in five Western states estimated to hold between 1 trillion and 2 trillion (with a 't') barrels of recoverable oil.
A lawsuit by environmentalists that blocked the Utah leases has yet to be resolved. They charged, and Salazar agreed, that the Bush administration had skirted environmental laws and pressured the Interior Department to rush the lease auction. Salazar said back then he wanted to take a "fresh look" at the parcels before deciding whether to release them.
He has criticized the auction as a rush job that threatened Utah's most significant landscapes, including parcels around Nine Mile Canyon and along the high cliffs of white-water sections of the Green River. Environmentalists worried that drilling rigs would soon be visible through the center of Delicate Arch, a 33-foot wide landmark rock formation.
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I amy be wrong but I think this statement is true again: http://www.jtnog.org/
That's odd, Obama has soaked most of us by now! ;-)
At least a horror movie is over in a couple hours...This is agony.