Government “Gives Away” 200,000 Acres of Public Land While Americans Shelter in Place

April 18, 2020 at 4:30 am

While we aren’t allowed to visit national parks and forests, the government is selling our public land off to oil and gas companies for as little as $2 an acre.

Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah

Since the president declared a national emergency on March 13, the Bureau of Land Management has offered up 213,000 acres of public land for sale at rock bottom prices.

Much if it has already been snapped up by oil and gas companies for as little as $2 an acre, reports the Natural Resources Defense Council. 

The lands, in Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, Wyoming, and Colorado, are managed by the BLM ostensibly for the benefit and enjoyment of the public, but are now being recklessly “gifted” to oil and gas companies for as little as $2 an acre,

These so-called “non-competitive leases” leave taxpayers with virtually no financial benefit for handing over vast public areas to private interests, the NRDC argues:

“Many have asked—as they should—how in the world fossil fuel companies and other extractive industries are getting away with gaining access to our public lands and mineral resources for prices not available in any competitive real estate market in the world.”