Nevada Rancher Ordered To Pay $500,000 For Cattle That Grazed On Federal Land A Decade Ago

A U.S. federal court ordered a rancher to pay $587,000 in grazing fees accrued more than ten years ago, and has banned the rancher from using the federal land.

Cattle grazing on a ranch (Photo: Shutterstock/P Sarajoti)Wayne Hage, who inherited the fight with the federal government from his father who died in 2006, said he will appeal the fine and the order that prevents him from grazing livestock on U.S. Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management property, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

The government contends that Hage’s grazing activities amounted to trespassing on federal land and grazing without a permit, but Hage says his family has priority stock watering rights on the land that should be honored.

Hage said that the order is “a bellweather that they don’t want private property rights” in Nevada. “The federal government is going after all kinds of property, not just our property rights,” Hage told the Las Vegas Review Journal. “They are extinguishing them as fast as they can.”

Federal agencies control around 85 percent of land in Nevada, and more than 60 percent of land in Utah and Idaho.

Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro in Las Vegas ordered Hage to comply with the order by mid-April. Hage said he currently doesn’t have any cattle on the disputed land. The $587,000 fine includes back-fees from grazing from November, 2004, to June, 2011, plus penalties for nonpayment.

“Many ranchers have a problem with the BLM and [U.S. Forest Service],” Hage said told federal lawmakers in 2013 hearing. “They have conducted themselves in a criminal manner and destroyed many ranchers. I personally have been at the receiving end of this criminal conduct.”

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LOL - -but, I have to agree!  Besides, bovine manure is the very BEST FERTILIZER known to man.

I saw something a while back on Discovery or one of the similar TV channels.  Seems there was this patch of desert.  The wildabeasts moved in on it, and inside of 18 months the vegetation was complete and very dense.  This was in Africa somewhere.  They had a name for what happened, but I do not remember it.  You could tell that the picturs were shot in the same places because of landmarks, some of which you could hardly see for the vegetation.  It COULD happen HERE!

The wildabeast is an animal similar to our bovine.  Not as docile.  

news release

Date: March 6, 2017
Contact: Interior_Press@ios.doi.gov
Caryl Fagot, BOEM (504) 736-2590

Secretary Zinke Announces Proposed 73-Million Acre Oil and Natural Gas Lease Sale for Gulf of Mexico

All available areas in federal waters will be offered in first region-wide sale under new Five Year Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced that the Department will offer 73 million acres offshore Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida for oil and gas exploration and development. The proposed region-wide lease sale scheduled for August 16, 2017 would include all available unleased areas in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

“Opening more federal lands and waters to oil and gas drilling is a pillar of President Trump’s plan to make the United States energy independent,” Secretary Zinke said. “The Gulf is a vital part of that strategy to spur economic opportunities for industry, states, and local communities, to create jobs and home-grown energy and to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.”

Proposed Lease Sale 249, scheduled to be livestreamed from New Orleans, will be the first offshore sale under the new Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2017-2022 (Five Year Program). Under this new program, ten region-wide lease sales are scheduled for the Gulf, where the resource potential and industry interest are high, and oil and gas infrastructure is well established. Two Gulf lease sales will be held each year and include all available blocks in the combined Western, Central, and Eastern Gulf of Mexico Planning Areas.

The estimated amount of resources projected to be developed as a result of the proposed region-wide lease sale ranges from 0.211 to 1.118 billion barrels of oil and from 0.547 to 4.424 trillion cubic feet of gas. The sale could potentially result in 1.2 to 4.2 percent of the forecasted cumulative OCS oil and gas activity in the Gulf of Mexico. Most of the activity (up to 83% of future production) of the proposed lease sale is expected to occur in the Central Planning Area.

Lease Sale 249 will include about 13,725 unleased blocks, located from three to 230 miles offshore, in the Gulf’s Western, Central, and Eastern planning areas in water depths ranging from nine to more than 11,115 feet (three to 3,400 meters). Excluded from the lease sale are blocks subject to the Congressional moratorium established by the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006; blocks that are adjacent to or beyond the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone in the area known as the northern portion of the Eastern Gap; and whole blocks and partial blocks within the current boundary of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.

“To promote responsible domestic energy production, the proposed terms of this sale have been carefully developed through extensive environmental analysis, public comment, and consideration of the best scientific information available,” said Walter Cruickshank, the acting director of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). “This will ensure both orderly resource development and protection of the environment.”

The lease sale terms include stipulations to protect biologically sensitive resources, mitigate potential adverse effects on protected species, and avoid potential conflicts associated with oil and gas development in the region. BOEM’s proposed economic terms include a range of incentives to encourage diligent development and ensure a fair return to taxpayers. The terms and conditions for Sale 249 in the Proposed Notice of Sale are not final. Different terms and conditions may be employed in the Final Notice of Sale, which will be published at least 30 days before the sale.

BOEM estimates that the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) contains about 90 billion barrels of undiscovered technically recoverable oil and 327 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered technically recoverable gas. The Gulf of Mexico OCS, covering about 160 million acres, has technically recoverable resources of 48.46 billion barrels of oil and 141.76 trillion cubic feet of gas.

Production from all OCS leases provided 550 million barrels of oil and 1.25 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in FY2016, accounting for 72 percent of the oil and 27 percent of the natural gas produced on federal lands. Energy production and development of new projects on the U.S. OCS supported an estimated 492,000 direct, indirect, and induced jobs in FY2015 and generated $5.1 billion in total revenue that was distributed to the Federal Treasury, state governments, Land and Water Conservation Fund, and Historic Preservation Fund.

As of March 1, 2017, about 16.9 million acres on the U.S. OCS are under lease for oil and gas development (3,194 active leases) and 4.6 million of those acres (929 leases) are producing oil and natural gas. More than 97 percent of these leases are in the Gulf of Mexico; about 3 percent are on the OCS off California and Alaska.

The current Five Year Program [2012-2017] has one final Gulf lease sale scheduled on March 22, 2017 for Central Planning Area Sale 247. The 2012-2017 Five Year Program has offered about 73 million acres, netted more than $3 billion in high bids for American taxpayers and awarded more than 2,000 leases.

All terms and conditions for Gulf of Mexico Region-wide Sale 249 are detailed in the Proposed Notice of Sale (PNOS) information package, which is available at: http://www.boem.gov/Sale-249/. Copies of the PNOS maps can be requested from the Gulf of Mexico Region’s Public Information Unit at 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70123, or at 800-200-GULF (4853).

The Notice of Availability of the PNOS will be available today for inspection in the Federal Register at: http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/public-inspection/index.html and will be published in the March 7, 2017 Federal Register.

Great... as long as the leases require the lease holder to DEVELOP the lease by starting production from the field within 1yr.  If not, the lease holder should forfeit their lease and the fees paid, and surrender the lease, for a bid by those who will develop the lease.

We don't need large oil companies buying up these leases and then sitting on them to keep the production of crude low and the price of oil high... failing to develop these leases must result in the lease being terminated.  We also need to ensure that the Government is receiving a reasonable royalty, on top of the leasing fees, for all oil produced from these leases.

WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN is that we all need to take these SONS OF BITCHES out back behind the wood shed and give them some good old fashioned justice.  Teach these federal PUNKS some REAL GOD DAMNED JUSTICE.

WORTHLESS SCUMBAGS THAT HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO USE TO ANY OF US.

Amen and Amen !!!!!

The BLM is  another corrupt Fed agency.   For years Harry Reid/family have made millions controling these lands.   Dishing out rights to his business buddies.   Trading off prime land the govt  took and exchanging it for useless land in land trades with his buddies.   Try the water rights.   Try ponds that are in the middle of 50 acres  of land that rain water drains into and find out the BLM has designated as fed navigatable water rights.    Ditches on these rural areas are designated as water ways for the Feds to 'regulate' ... even the ditches that run along rural roads.    Those in charge are out to line their pockets.

Truthfully, the BLM is not even a federal agency - -they are part of the un Agenda 21 conspiracy and I have read they are supported and partially funded by, not only the un, but some of the bigger English bankers!!  As to whether or not the latter is factual, I cannot say, but judging by the way they act, it seems quite logical.

June...

For your information:

Bureau of Land Management

Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management is an agency within the United States Department of the Interior that administers more than 247.3 million acres of public lands in the United States which constitutes one-eighth of the landmass of the country. President Harry S. Truman created the BLM in 1946 by combining two existing agencies: the General Land Office and the Grazing Service. The agency manages the federal government's nearly 700 million acres of subsurface mineral estate located beneath federal, state and private lands severed from their surface rights by the Homestead Act of 1862. Most BLM public lands are located in these 12 western states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
  • Founded: 1946

You're no doubt correct, however they have long outlived their usefulness and I more than suspect, they are well funded by other than - -US taxpayer monies.  They deem themselves beyond anyone else's control.  They certainly appear to work hand-in-glove with the un bureaucrats.  And even tho' President Harry "created it", was it "ever" approved by our US Congress?  If so, then it's time for this Congress to remove their claws AND any taxpayer funding.  

https://www.blm.gov/about/history/timeline  this time line offers the BLM's position on their legal right to manage all government lands ... including what they define as the Public Domain lands... interesting reading.

Just more examples of the GRAFT and CORRUPTION that is functioning as our government... we must DRAIN THE SWAMP or loose our government permanently to the corrupt political class.

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