Bush’s Push to Be Felt across the West


A flurry of end-of-term Bush administration changes in rules, permits and plans could alter canyons, mesas, grasslands and forests across the West.

From the November rules for oil- shale development to a revision of the Endangered Species Act last Thursday to an oil-and-gas lease sale this Friday, there are a spate of changes that touch Western lands. And while the changes may benefit some commercial interests and create jobs, environmentalists are raising alarms. 

…"There is this sense of a headlong rush by the Bush administration," said Steve Smith, assistant regional director of the Wilderness Society.