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Oil & Gas Could Control Moab Off-Road Trails! Oil & Gas Could Control Moab Off-Road Trails!
Imagine if a large oil and gas company, not even based in Utah, ended up with control of a large chunk of land in... Oil & Gas Could Control Moab Off-Road Trails!

Imagine if a large oil and gas company, not even based in Utah, ended up with control of a large chunk of land in Moab and pursued its development!

Due to the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, legislation that makes it possible for companies like Prairie Hills Oil and Gas to use parcels of public land for drilling purposes, North Dakota-based lawyer Craig Larson looks to be at the front of this charge, as they propose to lease a chunk of territory between Arches and Canyonlands National Park.

Whoever offers up the most cash will end up with the control of the land, which goes up for auction in September.

The full story can be found here:

The New Yorker

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After 23 years of corporate life, I decided to pursue my passions in the off road industry. Specializing in marketing, visibility, relationship and brand building, and acting as MetalCloak's field marketing representative, I have travelled across the country (quite a few times!) using Metalcloak’s CTI (Corner Travel Index) to educate the off road enthusiast. I have also worked with Jeep Jamboree USA as event staff, to provide additional value and education to its participants. I've been fortunate enough to work with both international as well as domestic media; have attended most of the off-road events across our country; and have driven a wide variety of vehicles. I'm a certified PADI scuba instructor and have a BS in Computer Science.

  • Harried Harry

    June 29, 2020 #1 Author

    One of the ways to help control issues like this is to have Congress update the rules for leasing the lands. The lease arrangement have not been updated very much since the 1920’s, (one hundred years ago!). It’s time the whole program be evaluated to ensure the Public is getting what it should get from these leases. One item, I believe, is to ensure no lands are damaged by the sale and drilling. After the end of the lease, the company must pay to restore it to it’s natural state, even if it means a bond is placed before any oil or water is obtained.

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