Bipartisan uprising sinks public-lands sell-off

Ring, Ray
December 2005
High Country News;12/26/2005, Vol. 37 Issue 24, p6
The article presents information on a proposal to sell public lands in the United States. It informs that the 11-year moratorium on selling federal land to mining companies has been opposed by many senators by attaching the proposal to the U.S. House's budget legislation. Many critics have analyzed that the provision carries loop holes, which would allow the developers to buy millions of acres of public land, paying a less amount. The proposal sparked an uprising at the grass- root level and the leaders of many hunting groups, shooting and archery clubs and conservation groups protested against the provision. They persuaded many politicians to oppose the proposal, while condemning it. But the issue seems difficult to settle.


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