A piece from WaPo on Powder River Basin coal leasing practices. Finally some mainstream coverage of this $30 billion giveaway.
A good quick look at how administration policies differ from implementation on the ground. Includes a short discussion of the lease by application vs. competitive leasing issue in the powder river basin, and the lawsuits that have been filed against BLM.
The first US tar sands mine is set to open in northeastern Utah as soon as January 2013, with plans to expand aggressively thereafter. The leasing area straddles the Green River, between US-40 and US-50. Maps available here. It’s not hard to imagine what Edward Abbey would have to say about this…
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