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[cdt-l] oil/gas drilling
Just thought I'd pass on this little tidbit from the Salt Lake Tribune.
Gale Norton could be responsible for some major changes in the CDT (and
surrounding environs) in the coming years...
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration will weigh opening some off-limits
areas of the Rockies to oil and gas drilling as part of a sweeping review of
untapped energy resources, Interior Secretary Gale Norton said Monday.
A 1999 study by the National Petroleum Council, an industry advisory
group to the government, said about 10 percent of the country's total
reserves of natural gas lay beneath the Rockies but that 40 percent of the
deposits are off-limits to drilling.
In 1997, the U.S. Forest Service banned drilling in areas of the Lewis
and Clark National Forest that is part of the Overthrust Belt -- a
geological formation in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and northern Utah rich in
oil and gas deposits.
"We want to ensure that energy production is taking place in those areas
where the environment can most tolerate that," Norton said. "One of the
areas that would be studied . . . would be the Overthrust Belt."
How bout that "where the environment can most tolerate that"?
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