"... To be clear, the TPLA is very real. This is not just some grandstanding badminton match with no real winners and no real losers. Inside Utah, backers of the idea are dead serious and moving forward. And outside Utah, the TPLA has inspired similar initiatives in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Montana and Wyoming.
While there’s some disagreement about the he-said-she-said interpretation of the 1894 Enabling Act, there’s no disagreement from anybody on any side what this is about. The State of Utah wants more oil and gas money, and they want it now. “Wouldn’t it be great to believe that this effort to transfer public lands from the feds to the states is some altruistic, grassroots idea meant to manage those lands in a way that works better for everyone? Asked writer Tyler Hansen, in a recent piece on the subject for Hatch magazine. “Sadly, that’s just not the case. This isn’t a Sagebrush Rebellion, it’s a corporate bait-and-switch scheme meant to open America’s natural resources to immediate extraction.” ... "