Skip to comments.New gas pipeline fires up Western ranchers, counties ( sagebrush rebellion )
Posted on 10/17/2010 11:07:24 PM PDT by george76
Environmental groups agreed to not fight the project in exchange for funds that could buy up grazing permits.
A new sagebrush rebellion has spread across the West from Wyoming to Oregon. But this time the target is a big energy company, not the federal government.
El Paso Corp., the owner of the nation's largest natural gas pipeline system, angered ranchers and county officials this summer when it agreed with two environmental groups to set up the funds.
Western Watersheds Project and the Oregon Natural Desert Association agreed not to challenge the pipeline in exchange for establishing two new nonprofit funds, operated independently of the groups. Each fund will be managed by a three-member board, with each environmental group appointing one representative, El Paso selecting a second representative, and both sides agreeing upon a third.
The Sagebrush Habitat Conservation Fund, established with Western Watersheds, got $15 million from El Paso. A fund set up with the Oregon Natural Desert Association got $7 million. The money will go for conservation easements and land purchases and to voluntarily retire grazing permits.
"This notion that this fund will be used to end grazing on public lands in the West is not true," Cleary said.
At the heart of the protests is the underlying premise of the two funds: that ending grazing in the sagebrush steppe that covers much of the West will improve habitat for sage grouse and nearly a dozen other species
The Great Basin Resource Watch, Toiyabe Sierra Club and Defenders of Wildlife also have filed lawsuits over grouse. The Center for Biological Diversity has sued to stop the pipeline to protect fish species and habitat, and two American Indian tribes have sued over sacred archaeological sites.
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Along with government, corporate shake-downs are the big source of funding for the left. They almost never use their own money,
Is Jeff still around? I haven’t seen him post in a while.
Canadian wolves and now Jon Marvel, of the Western Watersheds Project.
Big Banks and Big Government and Big...love each other because they can bury the little guys ( us ).
Wow, no way to think of this in civil terms!
Eco-nuts threaten to make life difficult for the gas project, but they let it slide so long as the gas company funds their efforts to screw ranchers.
I want natural gas pipes put through, but not at the price of funding eco-terrorist.
Shake down artists.
In the pursuit of profit, the businessman is forced to pay tribute.
Everyone must have their math down on these things as to how much the consumer will ultimately pay.
And there in lies the crux.
It is the end user and those American who pay taxes that end up footing the bill and funding these otherwise unemployed lunatics.
There is no cost to the business what so ever.
It is always the end user that ends up paying for the dreams of the Utopian and their synthetic Elysium.
**Western Watersheds Project and the Oregon Natural Desert Association agreed not to challenge the pipeline in exchange for establishing two new nonprofit funds, operated independently of the groups.**
In CA this shakedown has happened at least once that I know of. Pay the environmetalists to do studies on a ‘problem’ and they leave you alone with the problem.
” Big Banks and Big Government and Big...love each other because they can bury the little guys ( us ).”
The grave is already past 5 feet deep.
It far out-screws the Military-Industrial Complex!!!
These Luddites wish to stop the entire USA-Industrial Complex!!!
Everyone... Please re-read Ron Arnold's and Alan Gotleib's "TRASHING THE ECONOMY" and then try and tell us how these pukes are any less malignant than the resentful radical currently in the White House.
This well footnoted analysis was composed just over a decade ago and STILL STANDS as the "piece de resistance" at exposing GANG-GREEN for the Communitarians/Communistas that they are in fact!!!
Yes, I'm back from my coast-to-coast RV venture that came to a close right through this Oregone high plains area of the Snake and Columbia rivers.
If we don't help these ranchers with their God-given, self-evident property rights so they are not impinged, we should be ashamed of ourselves.
Eagles up, like in the days of the Sucker fish threat to OR/CA potato farmer's water cut-off!!!
The sad part is that with more grazing there are more edges between brush and grassland which produces more grouse. The sage is also less decadent providing better forage. The DOW and Sierra Club BOD should be strung up for such malfeasance.
The Sierra Club and other eco groups have been taken over by the lawyers looking for legal fees and dirty DNC types who need another shill.
The Sierra Club often does not even support their own long time members politically when they might run for political office. Instead the Sierra Club supports the DNC selected person.
These ameoba jockies need magguts implanted in their puss filled brains to devour all their pussy thinking!!!
They are simply trying to amass power and GovernMental FORCE behind their "commonistic" and convoluted punitive measures to deprive landowners their unmitigated rights!!!
All while shaking down corporations that have built this incomparable nation through reasonable and rational profit as well as community improvement and infrastructure motives wherever possible!!!
These people, and I'm sad to say a few confused FReepers, have lost sight of the fact that America is exceptional because we're about the only country that allows government force only through the consent of the governed.
We are not governed through either the management of fish or foul!!!
This is why their entire cause is FOUL!!!
Sagebrush Rebellion? NAY ...... Sagebrush Shakedown is more like it
Yes, and we know the enemy:
“The Great Basin Resource Watch, Toiyabe Sierra Club and Defenders of Wildlife...The Center for Biological Diversity”
Good to see you're still posting, Inyo-Mono. We both have long memories, don't we? (grin)
God is truly merciful in that I'm forgetting more and more of this crappola day by day!!!