The Bureau of Land Management, or BLM, is a federally funded agency that oversees land that is not privately owned. This land is supposed to be public land for all to enjoy.
The subsurface resources should also be enjoyed and harvested.
As reported in the DCI Dec. 14, the State of Colorado received more than $178.6 million in fiscal year 2010 for federal minerals. The report did not stipulate how much money the state received from BLM land. Anyone who uses petroleum in their vehicles, enjoys heat and electricity in their homes, uses petroleum based roads for transport, or uses any of the many petroleum based products of today should support the lease efforts of BLM property in Colorado.
The above mentioned paper's claim that 22,912 jobs in Colorado are related to energy development is significant to our economy. The approximately 30,000 acres of federal surface land should be given full consideration to energy development. These progressive steps towards energy independence from foreign energy will help keep the United States of America strong as we continue to develop more alternative energy resources. I support exploring and developing energy resources of the BLM parcels. The lease of federal land to American-owned oil exploration companies is in the best interest of Colorado and America.
Roger W. Bentley
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