Buying Back “Gap” Leases, From Whose Pocket?

Ah.. perhaps the solution to the mystery, as so often, has something to do with politics.. Here’s a link to the story, and below are excerpts. SG Interests owns drilling leases in the Thompson Divide, a roadless area near Carbondale. It got the leases during the George W. Bush administration, when the national roadless rule …

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Predicting Future Court Decisions: “Gap Leases” and the Thompson Divide

Here’s another story about “gap leases.” These are leases issued at various times when the 2001 Rule was not the “law of the land”. Below is a brief summary from this Forest Service document. The Roadless Area Conservation Rule (RACR) prohibits, with some exceptions, road construction and timber harvesting across 58.5 million acres of the …

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Courthouse News Service on Burnt Mountain- QA/QC Needed!

We have talked about the Courthouse News Service before here on this blog. It is a handy place for keeping up with litigation news, but like so many outlets, you can’t believe everything you read. At least they are upfront about their bias. Here’s a link: Developers trying to expand a ski resort in the …

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Colorado Roadless and So-Called Gap Leases Redux

As media stories come out about the final rule, the concept of Colorado Roadless increasing natural gas development in Colorado may well be stated again. As in Bob Berwyn’s piece here. The state version of the rule leaves the door open for more coal mining, as well as natural gas development, both seen as critical …

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Colorado Roadless Rule Finally Final

The efforts of thousands of folks, three state and two federal administrations, and seven glorious years (six or seven comment periods? I lost track a while back) have come to an end. Well, except for litigation, which seems like the dessert to every policy meal worth eating, especially ones where ideology figures in.. as it …

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Colorado Roadless- The Little State That Could

Colorado Roadless may win the prize for most comment periods (6th?). Perhaps the USG should have Regulation Oscars.. I have ideas for categories. FYI- I will do the same kind of media watch for this as for the planning rule, so please send any press pieces I haven’t posted here.. Here’s the link to the …

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Udall Sends Letter to President Obama Urging Swift Approval of Colorado Roadless Rule

Here’s the link. Praises Locally-Driven and Collaborative Public Process   Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2012 Last week, Mark Udall sent a letter to President Obama urging him to quickly approve a Colorado Roadless Rule that has been under development since 2005 in order to alleviate uncertainty for communities and businesses.  A thorough, locally-driven public process …

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A Roadless Geek Reviews: NY Times Article

With the recent 10th Circuit decision to reject Wyoming’s rehearing request, Roadless has once again reared convoluted and drama-filled head. Also, as the current legal framework becomes clearer (at least until someone initiates another lawsuit claiming that the NEPA is now out of date, does not consider climate change mitigation and adaptation, and is not …

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