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  •  Are you familiar over domestic pipeline review... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...regulations? There is nothing close to what's being done with Keystone XL that could stop these. The leases, it's true, could be blocked. But unless there was a wholesale end to public lands leasing for oil and gas drilling it would be remarkably hard to say no to all the Bakken leases.

    And while there is some drilling on federal land, most of the Bakken is on private land because drilling on private and state lands is exempt from federal regulations under the National Environmental Policy Act.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Tue May 07, 2013 at 12:29:19 PM PDT

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    •  I am painfully aware (1+ / 0-)
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      of the domestic pipeline (lack of siting) regs and the NEPA statutes that also affect (especially oil) pipelines.  I spent too many hours fruitlessly opposing similiar projects.

      I've also contested (similar to oil/gas) ) Wyoming coal leases, years ago under NEPA, mainly on air quality and lost habitat issues, with little results. It wasn't fun, and I wouldn't advise it for anyone except true believers. But I wouldn't have advised contesting a presidential permit either.

      That doesn't mean fighting pipelines is impossible, the tree-huggers just won a NEPA case against the Ruby Pipeline.

      You are correct that most of the Bakken is state lands. However the Bakken play includes two million subsurface acres of mineral estate on federal and tribal lands.  The North Dakota BLM says they are so busy leasing Bakken lands that they've drafted the Montana BLM to help them with the 600 pending leases.

      http://www.blm.gov/...

      http://www.blm.gov/...

      Orly, it isn't evidence just because you downloaded it from the internet.

      by 6412093 on Tue May 07, 2013 at 01:05:53 PM PDT

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