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The West Is Nearing a Lockdown

Posted by $ Flootus5 6 years, 2 months ago to Government
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On May 28, 2015, the Department of the Interior released their Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for 98 Resource Management Plans to address sage grouse species across 11 Western States.

If implemented this will be an economic and human train wreck for the Intermountain West.

To summarize in a nutshell, in the time period between the closing of the public comment period for the Draft EIS in 2014, to the May release of the FEIS, the BLM/USFS/USFWS cabal completely changed the maps, the preferred/proposed alternative plans and caught all but 1 of the western State Governors and their people in a blindside of epic proportions. The one State is Wyoming whose RINO Governor Matt Mead cut a deal with the federal agencies to adopt components of the State Plan and reduce the impacts to the oil and gas industry within the State. All of the States had spent millions of dollars, appointed Councils, Technical Teams to develop State plans to manage sage grouse habitat. Ten of the 11 State Plans were summarily brushed aside.

This affects me personally in that I am involved in a gold exploration project here in Nevada. We have been in the process of getting an approved Plan of Operations on public land for over a year. Last year the area of our project was mapped as Low Value Habitat for sage grouse by the fed botanists/biologists. The DEIS maps showed nothing in our area. The FEIS maps now shows half of our project area as Priority Habitat and subject for recommended locatable mineral withdrawals. They in essence are taking our project.

Moreover, they address and limit every area of human economic activity across 65 million acres of public land in the Intermountain West. Everything from mining, oil and gas, utility grade solar, wind, and geothermal, utility corridors, travel management (access), livestock grazing, leasable minerals, fluid minerals, closing rights of ways, you name it.

Arbitrary and capricious just begins to describe what they are doing.
SOURCE URL: http://naturalresources.house.gov/uploadedfiles/10_16_14_sage_grouse_letter_to_sec_jewell.pdf


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  • Posted by khalling 6 years, 2 months ago
    I am so sorry this affecting you personally. the land grab is speeding up.
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    • Posted by $ 6 years, 2 months ago
      Last Wednesday we were driving up to our project area. Beautiful country. I have always loved the open sage brush country. Huge areas of open country with dirt roads, so sparsely populated so wide open and free. It is what I moved out west for 38 years ago. Now, they are ruining it.
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  • Posted by Herb7734 6 years, 2 months ago
    Another aspect of the march toward total government control. Soon, there will be no enterprise possible without the Solons of Stupid having some control of it. It is an effective way to bring enterprise to a halt and stymie progress into a land of dystopia.
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  • Posted by $ WilliamShipley 6 years, 2 months ago
    The endangered species protection act is high on my list of destructive acts. The entire concept is flawed, if you believe in evolution, species are supposed to come and go. It's how it works.

    At most we should be protecting a few targeted species that we have decided are specifically worth protecting and have a decent chance of continuing on their own without help some day.
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  • Posted by teri-amborn 6 years, 2 months ago
    The grouse is just being used as a ploy to grab property.
    Until we stand up to the real issue the feds will continue this melodrama and the school system is producing minions who will proceed to vote private property out of existence.
    Our country is in dire straights.
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  • Posted by $ 6 years, 2 months ago
    I should add that the attachment is an open letter of complaint from 18 members of Congress to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. They were starting to smell a rat.
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    • Posted by wiggys 6 years, 2 months ago
      did you know sally jewels qualification for the job; ceo of rei. she knows nothing about the outdoors with respect to animals. she was a political appointment.
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      • Posted by $ jlc 6 years, 2 months ago
        I would think that the CEO of REI would know tons about the outdoors...?

        Jan
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        • Posted by freedomforall 6 years, 2 months ago
          She and her staff in particular need to know enough to market products to people who enjoy the outdoors. There is nothing related to endangered species or to wildlife management.
          REI gave 77% of their political contributions to Democrats since 2001.
          It's a political appointment.
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        • Posted by $ 6 years, 2 months ago
          !!! She probably "camps" in a Winnebago.
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          • Posted by $ jlc 6 years, 2 months ago
            Having just gotten back from a week of primitive camping in a tent, I ask, "Hmmm. Winnebago. What is wrong with a Winnebago?" (It is not so much the 'camping' part that makes a difference, it is the 'schlepping' part that one can eliminate. Ow! My back!)

            Jan, loves camping
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            • Posted by $ 6 years, 2 months ago
              Haha! Thirty years ago, my wife and I completely eschewed Winnebagos. Now with musculo-skeletal structures advancing in age, more creature comforts become attractive.

              In May, I was setting up a tent in high wind. What a fight. To help hold it down, I carried a limestone boulder inside. Left hand stretched in there and aggh the tennis elbow went nuts. Its taken weeks for that to go away. And then the knees on the ground and all the bending over setting stuff up and collecting firewood etc. A little wine helps.
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  • Posted by $ Thoritsu 6 years, 2 months ago
    ewv warned me of this. Theses guys need a serious cheese grater! If 60 minutes wasn't a communist rag, they'd run a show on this Government takeover!
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  • Posted by jimslag 6 years, 2 months ago
    The EPA and every other acronym department are causing all sorts of havoc in the West. I live on the High Plains of Eastern New Mexico and we are right in the path of this Sage Grouse debacle. This is agriculture area, 10-20 times more cows than people and the infrastructure to support those cows and people with food and grains. They are trying to tell farmers what they can and cannot grow, which areas they need to let go fallow and whether or not they can use irrigation. They claim the grouse is all over here but I have lived here 11 years, traveled quite a few of the back roads and talked to quite a few of the farmers and nobody has ever seen one. Even the local extension office says they are not prevalent here. the feds say otherwise though and they run roughshod over everyone and everything.
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  • Posted by johnpe1 6 years, 2 months ago
    this is abhorrent. . Mama Nature gives and takes,

    without asking us. . why are we trying to circumvent

    her actions, especially with fake science??? -- j

    p.s. I am glad to see the list of notables at the

    bottom of the 2014 letter.

    .
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  • Posted by Owlsrayne 6 years, 2 months ago
    Exterminate!, Exterminate!, Exterminate! The Gross probably will taste like chicken, the enviromentalist protecting them won't. In the billions of years of evolution or what ever they call it now, birds like that are meaningless and the EPA as well.

    I don't understand why there isn't any raptors depopulating them or Coyotes. That's right the Coyotes are living in the cities now where the feasting is just fine.
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  • Posted by $ Olduglycarl 6 years, 2 months ago
    All this for one species, however valuable or not; a species that very well might, with the same probability as any other species; surcome to a natural extinction event in the next 30 years or so. These extinction events will likely be part of the coming climate cycle. We are already seeing strange migration events that tie into previously recorded events. see: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-5dIHmtQzHIdNCs7-bEdCA (adapt 2030)
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  • Posted by DrZarkov99 6 years, 2 months ago
    Personally, I'd like to contribute cyanide pills to the environmentalist movement. Being such human-haters, I'd think they'd be glad to volunteer to reduce the contaminating population.

    Greens are a spooky bunch, with many of them Gaia worshippers, believing that the human race is a plague that needs to be reduced to a population of no more than 100 million. Of course, they regard themselves as the anointed elite who should of course survive "the culling," as they like to refer to their vision of wholesale slaughter of the human race.

    This is beyond "arbitrary and capricious". The people driving the EPA and DOI are just as fanatical as ISIS, in their own way, just more cowardly, leaving it up to dumbass government toadies to do the dirty work.
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