Misuse of a federal leasing tool is allowing companies to hoard America’s public lands and cheat tax payers out of millions of dollars according to public data detailed in The Wilderness Society’s report,
The U.S. Coast Guard has spoken, and its message is clear: The Kulluk drill rig ran aground in Alaska because Shell recklessly and knowingly towed it into a brutal North Pacific storm, in part to dodge taxes in Alaska.
In fact, almost one-third of the land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Colorado has already been leased for oil and gas development. And over 11.8 million acres of land—about 93 percent of the federally-controlled mineral estate—has been opened for leasing by C
Sitting Pretty: The numbers show that the oil and gas industry is flourishing on our federal lands, while sitting on thousands of unused drilling permits and tens of millions of acres of idle federal leases.
On December 19, 2008, BLM issued leases covering close to 150,000 acres in Utah. Plaintiffs have challenged 77 of those leases, totaling around 103,000 acres. The potential natural gas and oil under these contested leases in Utah amounts to a miniscule amount of energy. At best (not taking into account prices or other obstacles to development), these leases could provide 0.02% of annual oil and just 0.5% of annual natural gas consumption.