The Obama administration's about-face on a policy that would allow temporary protection of pristine federally owned land is disappointing, particularly here in Colorado, where residents so clearly value wilderness.
…There is no question the wild lands policy was controversial — in part because it limited oil and gas development. Yet it does so on only a sliver of all BLM land. The problem with allowing mining and drilling on federal land that Congress might eventually protect is that once it is developed, it no longer will have the qualities that make it suitable for preservation. Once it's gone, it's gone for good.