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Diplomats at the BLM

Dear Editor: On Aug. 14, I was the first to arrive at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) auction of federal government oil and gas lease at the Denver Marriot West Hotel in Golden. It was nice to know I was among the nearly 100 people, including news media, at this historical moment when the BLM raised nearly $114 million from four bidders on 31 parcels totaling nearly 55,000 acres of the Roan Plateau in Garfield County with an estimated 8.9 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the biggest ever energy lease sale transactions in the lower 48 states.The bidders included Meadow Ridge No. 3 LLC, Vantage Energy Piceance, The Sellmar Co. and OXY USA. It should be noted the famous, powerful Caryle Group, headquartered in Washington, D.C., threw its big bucks behind Vantage Energy Piceance, and EnCana Oil and Gas (USA) did not get the parcels it wanted. Although others predicted oil and gas lease sales adding up to possibly $2 billion, the BLM, like a professional polo player, nearly hit the sweet spot of its polo mallard with its declared gross lease sales guess of $100 million. After reading the several published newspaper comments of folks from pro-petroleum industry concerns, Americans for American Energy, Colorado Oil & Gas Association, and Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States, I can assure them I can definitely advise them on more effective measures and communications with their friends, adversaries and the news media. It is something I learned from Beverly Hills and Hollywood. Anyway, all the attending Colorado state BLM staff showed the highest caliber of the protocol and talk of diplomats and could easily take over jobs at our U.S. State Department. What a great bunch of U.S. employees BLM Colorado State Director Sally Wisely has in both Golden and Glenwood Springs!Emzy Veazy IIIAspen


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