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Friday, April 17, 2009

Thompson Mystified With US Forest Service

Statement on ANF Settlement

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Pa., issued the following statement after a series of meetings on the settlement reached by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and environmental groups regarding energy production in the Allegheny National Forest (ANF):

“I am mystified and seriously troubled as to why the USFS, through the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), would so blatantly disregard the legal process and private property rights by agreeing to an out of court ‘settlement’ which has the potential to kill the regional economy, increase unemployment, and further our dependence on foreign oil and natural gas.

“Since the ANF was created 86 years ago, there has been a healthy working relationship between the USFS and the owners of subsurface mineral rights. This relationship came to a screeching halt on January 16th, when the USFS put a moratorium on issuing notices to proceed – the last step before drilling can occur.

“Even more troubling is that when this so-called ‘settlement’ was agreed to, not all parties in the lawsuit were at the table. So as far as I am concerned, until that occurs, and a judge has signed off, the USFS is proceeding in the blind and not being candid with themselves or the public.

“Further, as part of the ‘settlement’, the DOJ has agreed to pay nearly $20,000.00 in legal fees to lawyers in Eugene, Oregon, and Missoula, Montana, who represent the very organizations that filed this job killing lawsuit against the USFS. This dangerous move will encourage future lawsuits and help fund the radical environmental movement – whose goal is to prevent energy and timber production in the ANF and at other forests around the country.” 1490 NewsBlog

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Thanks Jim.You do a good job.
The rest of the story is out now.Another industry killed by over regulation brought on by over eager zealots.They call their cause "Green" but in fact are killing the planet by forcing a dependence on fossil fuels instead of cleaner burning fuels that we have right here.Hug those trees so they will be there when they choke out!