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Heritage Forests Campaign Week In Review
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300 days have passed since Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman promised to uphold the roadless rule with minor changes, but there is still no sign that Bush administration will keep its word and announce its proposed revisions.
"The Forest Service is considering a policy to make clear that many roads built in national forests do not need pollution permits sometimes required under the Clean Water Act, according to a draft internal memo. The permits are needed for any confined pollution sources that can compromise water quality, such as pipes or man-made ditches."
"The Bush administration has proposed making it easier for Western states and local governments to claim road rights of way across federal land, potentially opening millions of pristine acres to development. The proposed rule could result in large areas of the West being ineligible for congressional designation as wilderness areas where hiking, horseback riding and other forms of recreation are permitted but oil and gas drilling, logging, off-road vehicles and other activities are prohibited."
"Interior Secretary Gale Norton has been moving briskly to open up more public lands for domestic oil and gas production, just as Vice President Dick Cheney's task force instructed her to do in last year's 'national energy strategy.' Last weekend, however, Ms. Norton was told that she, or at least her underlings, had been proceeding in an irresponsible manner."
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