ON YOUR SIDE: Rural county files protest over fracking in Nevada

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Updated: 6/22 10:06 am

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A rural county has joined an environmental group in challenging an upcoming oil and gas lease sale in central Nevada that could open 174,000 acres of public land to hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking.

Lander County and the Center for Biological Diversity have filed formal protests over the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's July 17 sale of leases around Big Smokey Valley between Austin and Tonopah.

Both parties say fracking involves an enormous amount of water and they're concerned about its effect on the nation's most arid state at a time of severe drought.

Lander County Commissioner Dean Bullock says the county's protest was filed on behalf of ranchers and farmers who are concerned that fracking could end up taking water away from them.

The Center for Biological Diversity says fracking also can reduce water for communities and wildlife.

The BLM says the protests are under review.

 

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Mutley - 6/7/2014 7:00 AM
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Renotruth, you have said it perfect, I see these new steam power plants popping up every where in my county. And then I see my power bill may be going up. So here we go again with the fracking. I cannot believe the public is so blind and why they don't protest peacefully. Hay folks get your head out of the sand and stop the government from taking away from you. And the only way this can be done is by voicing your feeling to the local government. That would be the best place to start

RENOTRUTH - 6/2/2014 8:48 PM
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WHATS IT GOING TO TAKE TO GET THE GENERAL PUBLICS HEAD OUT FROM WHERE THE SUN DOES NOT SHINE? REALLY PEOPLE? YOU RUN AND OWN THE BLM, THE BLM WORKS FOR THE PEOPLE. REMEMBER THAT? THE GOVERNMENT DERIVES SAID POWER FROM THE GOVERNED. PUT THIS BLM AND THEIR BS SO CALLED AUTHORITY IN THEIR PLACE ONCE AND FOR ALL. WHO GOT THIS MONEY FOR THIS MASSIVE LEASE OF PUBLIC LAND? I SUPPOSE IT SHOULD BE DIVIDED AMONGST THE CITIZENS RIGHT? AS SHOULD THE OIL AND GAS PROFFITS BE PORTIONED TO THE CITIZENS, JUST LIKE ALASKA DOES. ITS THE WAY IT IS MEANT TO BE. Now with that boldly said, (I'm pist off and sick n tired of government doing as they see fit) I would like to know who it is that gave authority to the company that has tapped Steamboat Hot Springs and why this company ships all the power it generates out of state? And if it is now staying local why have the residents not received a kik back on the power bills? And if its not local power, again, why haven't we residents received our portion? But even deeper than that STEAMBOAT HOTSPRINGS IS THE OLDEST HOT SPRINGS ON THE PLANET AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN AND STILL SHOULD BE DECLARED A NATIONAL MONUMENT AT THE LEAST. CERTAINLY IT WOULD NOT BE OKAY TO GO TAP OLD FAITHFUL IN YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK AND PROFIT FOR ITS POWER GENERATED NOW WOULD IT? ANYONE ELSE SEE THE BIG PICTURE?
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