OGJ Editorial: Gas in the US West

In preparation for whatever the 108th Congress holds in store for US energy policy, oil and gas producers should dispense with fallacies that arose last year about natural gas resources on federal land inaccessible to producers. The corrections should be easy to make. Drawing attention to the refutation, however, requires preemptive persuasion.During 2002, RAND Corp. and the Wilderness Society disputed optimistic estimates of the potential for gas production from federal land in the US West. Their reports anchor political opposition to assessment and development of that potential. The new Congress will have to address the issue somehow. If it doesn't debate federal-land access as part...

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