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Utah demands Fed return public land to state - other states to follow

Utah Department of Natural Resources

Shown here is a section of the Colorado River in Utah.
Several Western states, fed up with a federal government some claim is locking down public land against oil drilling, are demanding Washington return millions of acres to state control.

The pleas mark a new front in the battle over states' rights, and one state has already codified its demand into law.

Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert, a Republican, signed a law several days ago that asks the federal government to return 20 million acres, which could be used to develop oil and other natural resources to bolster the state economy.


The state of Utah, long resentful that some 60 percent of its territory belongs to the U.S. government, says the time has come to reclaim the millions of acres it gave up more than a century ago for admission to the union.

Governor Gary Herbert signed into law on Friday a bill demanding the federal government relinquish ownership of roughly 30 million acres of public land in Utah by 2015 or face a state lawsuit challenging its continued control of that property.


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States are starting to fight back against the Fedzilla.

Time to wake up

"It does not take a majority to prevail but rather an irate, tireless minority keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."

--Samuel Adams

I would like to see an overlay

of where all the forest fires have occured in the past.

Ron Paul Would Support This

He's the only one to side with Nevada when Congress decided to dump their nuclear waste there.

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

Thats right!

And I bet they all laughed when Yucca Moutain was suggested too.

Fed Overstepping

This reminds me to remind all of you to read, understand and object to Executive Order 13575 - signed by President Barack Obama.

Farmers are furious. And so should you.

I may be mistaken, but I read EO 13575 to be a "federalized" version of UN Agenda 21, that is until 21 becomes fully adopted. Please correct me if I am wrong.

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul

The federal government claims to own

30% of the land in the US. It's just another indicator of what we're up against and how powerful they are. Here's a map


optimystic's picture

I like the map


Possession being 9/10ths of

Possession being 9/10ths of "ownership" why doesn't Utah simply assume management of those lands? The federal government has no jurisdiction in any of the 50 states party to the Constitution. They have no business being in Utah or any other state. So why are they there? Because the state government and the people of Utah permits them to be there. So instead of begging for permission and possession Utah could revoke that original grant of permission and assume their rightful duties to their citizens. It appears to be a simply question of Utah and Utahans remembering who they are.