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BLM’s Oil & Gas Lease Corruption Exposed

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ppjg-4815By Debbie Coffey    Copyright 2013   All Rights Reserved.

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“The REAL criminals, the BLM, who are sale/leasing our public lands for as little as $2 an acre, who allow “volunteers” paid for by oil companies to process the permits, and do NOT abide by the law, continue to go unchecked. “

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Outbidding the rigged bids at BLM auction

“On December 19, 2008 Tim DeChristopher disrupted a highly disputed Utah BLM Oil and Gas lease auction, effectively safeguarding thousands of acres of pristine Utah land that were slated for oil and gas leases. Not content to merely protest outside, Tim entered the auction hall and registered as bidder #70. He outbid industry giants on land parcels (which, starting at $2 an acre, were adjacent to national treasures like Canyonlands National Park), winning 22,000 acres of land worth $1.7 million before the auction was halted.

Public attention was suddenly focused on the land that the BLM was going to lease for oil exploration, and “Two months later, incoming Interior Secretary Ken Salazar invalidated the auction.”  

David Letterman had environmental activist Tim DeChristopher as a guest on his show recently to talk about this BLM oil and gas lease sale, and this (approximately) 12 minute segment is a MUST SEE, not only for wild horse advocates, but for anyone who cares about clean drinking water, uncontaminated aquifers, the safety of food and the health of American families.

There is a new documentary out called “Bidder 70,” which is about DeChristopher.  Here is the trailer:

DeChristopher paid a high price for saving these public lands.  He was sentenced to 2 years in a federal prison and a $10,000 fine.  Please read Tim DeChristopher’s entire statement here: More

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE BLM

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 by Debbie Coffey Copyright 2011 All Rights Reserved.

Investigative Reporter/PPJ

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Graphic by Kurt Golgart

This is about the wild horse roundups. BUT, ranch owners who own cattle and sheep should pay attention to the following, and wonder what water or land will be left for your livestock grazing in the future. Why do you think the DOI is removing all of the wild horses off our public lands?  For you?

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Jay D’Ewart

BLM Rocks Springs Field Office

280 Highway 191 North

Rock Springs, WY 82901

WhiteMountain_LittleColorado_HMA_WY@blm.gov

Subject: White Mountain/Little Colorado Environmental Assessment Comments

Dear Mr. D’Ewart:

In this BLM Environmental Assessment, Section 1.2 PURPOSE AND NEED, the EA states:

“The need for this action is to remove excess animals in order to achieve a thriving natural ecological balance between wild horse populations, wildlife, livestock, vegetation, and water resources and to protect the range from deterioration associated with overpopulation of wild horses as authorized under Section 1333 (b) (2) of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses & Burros Act (1971).”

My comments are:

 1) One of my biggest concerns is that this Environmental Assessment is based on flawed reasoning and for reasons listed below is, basically, fraud against the American public, no matter what “authorizations” it hides behind. More

The BLM’s Snow Job About Water on the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area

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      Debbie Coffey (c)Copyright 2010 All Rights Reserved

the Jaksick family is attempting to control the water in the Smoke Creek Desert north of Reno, and use pipelines to bring that water south to the Winnemucca Ranch development…The plan is to share some of the 14,000 square feet of water rights with Washow County, and the county then piping their share into the Truckee Meadows for distribution through the quasi governmental agency, Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA_____________________________________________________ 

95% of circulation water is underground. You can’t see it, but it’s there.” – geologist Graham Fogg

When we were on the June 14, 2010 public tour of the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area (HMA), the BLM said the BIG REASON they had to round-up our wild horses was because there WASN’T ENOUGH WATER. They took us by a spring east of Observation Peak, which was fenced off because it was on PRIVATE PROPERTY. The BLM said this spring fed Smoke Creek, which went south of the area. Aside from the actual spring itself, most of the creek/water runs south on public lands through the Twin Peaks Wilderness Study Area to the Smoke Creek Resevoir. The BLM took us to a cow-poop laden riparian area, showed us what looked like a puddle of water and talked more about how there was hardly any water and how all the creeks dry up in the summer.

When we asked who owned the spring/water at Smoke Creek, the BLM officials coughed up the last name of Jaksick, but none of them seemed to know Jaksick’s first name. That’s funny, because in 2008, the Eagle Lake Field Office was involved in a $6 million deal/partnership with Sam Jaksick. More

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