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.
While the hearing was mostly focused on new ways to produce 3-D maps of oil and gas reserves and advances in directional drilling, there was also discussion of the impacts that new and improving drilling technologies can have on wild landscapes, like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
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.
Our western wild lands were dealt a heavy blow recently when Congress passed a bill to fund the federal government through the remainder of fiscal year with a provision that prohibits the use of funds to implement the Bureau of Land Management’s
Congress’ Great Outdoors Giveaway continued this week with the Aug. 2 passage of a debt-ceiling deal that will make it significantly more difficult for the government to invest in conservation funding over the next ten years.