Watching Government: Land and law

US federal land regulators have several taskmasters-environmentalists, states, sportsmen, industry, and other stakeholders. It's a delicate balance. But public land issues have become even more contentious, given the renewed focus on US energy policy this year. And giving industry a strong- er voice on lands access has become the cornerstone of the debate within Capitol Hill and at the White House. Industry and its supporters within government say more drilling should be allowed on federal lands because it can boost US supply and increase national security by reducing foreign oil imports. And it can be done safely with little environmental cost. Opponents of expanded drilling say in...

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