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  •  I really want to have a use or lose element to (4+ / 0-)
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    Sylv, willyr, Ed in Montana, Maverick80229

    leasing, and from all the talk I don't think that exists.  Why continually lease new land when leases are going untapped?  If they're not worth tapping, then they should go back to the people rather than remain in the extractive industry's portfolio.  And every time the extractors complain about problems exploiting, the DOI should point out how they had to give up lands because they didn't exploit.

    Though I'd also like to ensure that where oil and gas and other minerals have been explored for, the land really is returned to its natural state and bill the industry for the cost to do so if they don't.  They shouldn't be allowed to build roads and drilling platforms, then decide not to further drill and abandon the property, only to still claim it for decades and not allow it to revert to other uses, like wildlife and recreation.

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