Saturday, March 11, 2006
Compromise with greed? There's no doing it.
WASHINGTON - Western lands more open to oil and gas drilling and to logging. A greater emphasis on making federal land accessible to the public. Fewer protections for wilderness. . . . During her tenure, oil and gas companies won thousands of permits to drill in western states as the administration moved to speed domestic oil and gas production. . . . The budget proposes cuts to several programs, including $89 million from the National Park Service's nearly $2.6 billion budget. It also would raise $250 million over five years by selling 125,000 acres of the Bureau of Land Management's 261 million acres. end quote.