Watching Government: Land grab

Federal land management is, and always is likely to be, controversial. Just ask any Energy Bar Association member. Thanks to Enron Corp.'s woes, Houston and Washington, DC, law firms racked up record billable hours, but only for a time. Veteran litigators know blockbuster fraud cases like Enron's come and go; land disputes always pay the K Street rent.With US congressional and presidential races ending in 2 months, the Department of the Interior seems to be defending how it administers oil and gas leases on a 24/7 basis. The big fight right now is in the voter booth, not the appeals court.Not a mouthpieceLast month, DOI vigorously tried to shed the industry sycophant image that en...

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