TX lands dispute: BLM avoids answering Cruz, Abbott; says it will ‘manage resources’

TX lands dispute: BLM avoids answering Cruz, Abbott; says it will ‘manage resources’

[Ed. – Of course.  Expect armed BLM “enforcement agents” to start roaming the Red River ministering harassment, as in the Bundy and Hage cases in Nevada.  When it doesn’t have a case, the Obama administration baffles you with BS and arms a few more “enforcement agents” to intimidate property owners.]

Kornze narrows down Abbott’s letter to two issues. “(I) the Resource Management Plan/Environmental lmpact Statement process, and (2) ownership interests of the United States and adjacent landowners in the area. I appreciate the opportunity to offer clarification.”

Kornze’s letter explains the BLM’s procedures for developing its new Resource Management Planning (RMP) process.  To summarize, the RMP/EIS process is designed to establish general management goals, objectives, and directives for public resources,” Kornze begins in the letter, “including lands and minerals, managed by the BLM. The process involves numerous steps that allow for public input, analysis, and informed decision-making with regard to public resources.”

“In order to ensure the appropriate consistency with other governmental planning efforts,” Kornze explained, “the BLM invited local, state, Federal, and tribal representatives to participate as cooperating agencies in the preparation of the BLM’s RMP/EIS.”

As to the assertion of ownership of the disputed land along the Red River, Director Kornze appears to be standing with the position that the BLM has always owned this land.

[Well, sort of; emphasis added: – Ed.]

“[A]ny shifts in the boundary between Texas and Oklahoma as a result of the Compact may mean that public lands that are owned by the United States now are within Texas that were formerly in Oklahoma.”

Kornze concluded, “The BLM will determine the uses and extent of these public lands through the current public planning process and any necessary surveys.”

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