Oil and gas development is often touted as the economic driver of rural western communities, in spite of the important economic role of amenity-based development, which includes retirees, entrepreneurs, recreation, tourism, and hunting and fishing.
Substantial economic costs are likely to occur if air quality in the areas surrounding BLM lands continues to deteriorate as the result of proposed actions and developments such as increased oil and gas exploration and production.
I can hardly believe the trip is already over! The jet lag has worn off, but the warm feelings for Ireland and the people I met while there have not. An incredible place with some of the nicest folks I’ve ever encountered, and scenery that will knock your wool socks right off.
Many of our treasured western wild lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management are at risk to destructive development as a result of Bush administration's 2003 "No More Wilderness" policy and the recent funding limitation on Secretary Salazar's Wild Lands policy.
Greetings from sunny Ireland! I am excited to be writing this from the beautiful village of Drumshanbo on the shores of Lake Allen, 1.5 hours drive west of Dublin near the border with Northern Ireland. I was invited to speak at the inaugeral Robert John Kane Energy Symposium, Ireland
When did it become open season on our open spaces? First, Congress slashed conservation and environmental programs. Then we saw a backroom deal that stopped the BLM’s new Wildlands policy in its tracks.