BLM fracking racket exposed! Armed siege and cattle theft from Bundy ranch really about fracking leases

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The Bureau of Land Management says its 200-man armed siege of the Cliven Bundy ranch in Nevada is all about protecting an “endangered tortoise.” But a Natural News investigation has found that BLM is actually in the business of raking in millions of dollars by leasing Nevada lands to energy companies that engage in fracking operations.

This document from the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology(1) shows significant exploratory drilling being conducted in precisely the same area where the Bundy family has been running cattle since the 1870’s. The “Gold Butte” area is indicated on the lower right corner of the document (see below), and it clearly shows numerous exploratory drilling operations have been conducted there.

What’s also clear is that oil has been found in nearby areas and possibly even within the Gold Butte area itself.

It is, of course, customary for the U.S. government to bring armed soldiers to an oil dispute. (Operation “Iraqi Freedom” for starters…) Heavily armed snipers, helicopters and militarized soldiers have never been invoked over tortoises. (Anyone who thinks this siege is about reptiles is kidding themselves.)

Here’s the map showing the oil exploration conducted on the land where Bundy runs his cattle (all the red crosshairs are oil and gas exploration drilling operations):

BLM collects $1.27 million in shale fracking leases

The Bureau of Land Management has just cashed in with $1.27 million in oil and gas leases in Nevada. This was just reported two weeks ago in, which states:

U.S. Bureau of Land Management geologist Lorenzo Trimble tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal the Elko County oil and gas leases sold Tuesday for $1.27 million to six different companies. The auction took place in Reno. The leases are near where Houston-based Noble Energy Inc. wants to drill for oil and natural gas on 40,000 acres of public and private land near the town of Wells. The Review-Journal reports the project would be the first in Nevada to use hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to extract oil and gas from shale deposits.

The way this works, of course, is that BLM runs land theft operations by claiming they are “managing” the land and thereby kicking everyone else off it. They then invoke a reptile, an owl, a bird, a snake or some other animal which they claim to be “saving,” even while they are stealing and destroying hundreds of cattle belonging to a private rancher trying to make an honest living in a nation where productive Americans are increasingly branded “enemies of the state.”

Once control of the land is established via court order or by bringing armed men with automatic weapons, BLM then turns around and leases the land to fracking companies who proceed to exploit the land using hydraulic fracturing techniques that inject toxic chemicals into groundwater supplies (and have been linked to earthquakes). The money collected by the BLM is then used to increase BLM salaries and bonuses.

In essence, the BLM is a criminal mafia racket, and Cliven Bundy just happened to be in the way of their next target, the Gold Butte area of Nevada. That is why they brought hundreds of heavily armed men to a “save the tortoise” operation.

“Endangered tortoises” is merely the government cover story for confiscating land to turn it over to fracking companies for millions of dollars in energy leases. In truth, the BLM was rapidly euthanizing these very same reptiles en masse last year.(2)

As part of its police state intimidation to control the land, BLM unleashed attack dogs on a pregnant woman.

See the brutality invoked by the BLM against peaceful protesters in this video of a near-riot just outside the Bundy ranch:

Does anyone really believe this is still about a tortoise?

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  • Al, Peg, Kelly and Bud Bundy. Who’da thunk? End of the fed via a shoe salesman.

  • Sir TuberKopf

    Truth is oil and cattle could easily coexist, but BLM has to turn it into a war against American citizens.

    Abuse by Obama’s alphabet organizations is criminal, Obama must be impeached!

  • AManCalledDa-da

    Hm. That’s not very much money.

  • stellap

    The oil leases referenced here are in Elko County in northeast Nevada, nowhere near the Bundy ranch. Also, wells shown on the map are not very close to the ranch either. Look at the map; they are probably at least 30 miles south of the ranch. Could be grazing there, I guess, but even if the cattle were located near the well, there would be no interference with drilling operations.

    If the government wants to get cattle off the land (and they clearly do), it probably has something to do with real estate development or solar plants, which the government is planning in Nevada and California. The current people in power in D.C. have no interest generally in promoting oil production. They have shown that over and over again. I think there is some other reason. The ranch is close to the freeway, and has water. Probably more likely that Senator Reid has some real estate developer friend who wants access to land in that area.

    • stellap

      See what the DOI is doing in the area:

      “Public lands provide Americans with vital mineral and agricultural resources, as well as recreational opportunities that help power local economies and generate jobs around the nation,” said Bob Abbey, Director of the Bureau of Land Management. “Today in Clark County, Nevada, we are adding solar energy to that public lands’ portfolio of benefits. This project symbolizes a new partnership between government and industry that can responsibly tap the immense renewable energy resources of this great state, provide clean, reliable power to homes and businesses, and open a new chapter in the beneficial use of our nation’s
      public lands.”

      • Mark Meyers

        Silver State North is in the Laughlin area, 120 miles south of the Bundy ranch. It’s south of Lake Mead.

    • IcySpots

      Stellap, these are public lands in question, so real estate development couldn’t happen without some sale or transfer of deed… same situation Mr. Bundy is in, a lease is not ownership.

      I agree the $ here is small though, since $1.27 million doesn’t even pay for how much the BLM loses annually on their livestock grazing leases. Compared to the $12 million they just contracted for helicopter horse roundups, it’s chump change.

    • Mark Meyers

      I heard a local guy saying that the roadside access and water and minerals there have been sought for decades. BLM strategy reminds me of Agenda 21. Have you seen the Western land buy-ups by Ted Turner? I suppose what BLM might nefariously try to do is remove the ranchers with a turtle program (Gold Butte ACECs conveniently run right into Virgin River where Bundy is), and then reclassify the land later on, by way of what appears to be collusion between county, state and federal officials.

    • Mark Meyers

      Folks also need to bear in mind that exploratory drilling in this area was all before the 1990s; this is a cumulative map of exploration since the beginning. It may still be relevant.

  • salley mae

    Where is the Govenor and the National Guard (under the Governors contol)? If is a state issue they need to deal with it with state resources.

  • Emllyn

    I’m NOT saying ANYTHING about what is going on in the Bundy ranch area is right as far as the gooberment goes, I’m totally with everyone here on that, but your assertion that these lands are then leased to “fracing companies” is completely false. Thats NOT the way it is done. Oil Companies lease the area to drill, and it is up to the oil company and the “Zone” they are trying to get production from, whether they want to “Fracture” the zone or not for production purposes. You also don’t understand the techniques of fracturing or drilling & completing a wellbore when you reference toxic chemicals poisoning water tables. Get your facts straight before you report. Don’t report just to get everyone “all fired up”.

    • Jim Bunion

      BS, they leased the land last week. There is a document from the Nevada Dept of Mines that show exploratory
      drilling operations for fracking, oil and gas on this land (Of Course Fox News
      or the rest of the Slime Ball Media will wait another week to report all this)
      1.2 million dollars of leases were sold last week to 7 different companies.
      BLM runs land theft operations by kicking off ranchers by claiming they are saving a tortoise, bird or snake. BLM will then lease land to Companies by releasing
      toxic chemicals into ground water to release the gas and oil, to profit a corporation.

      • Emllyn

        BS right back at ya Bunion. Exactly as I said- The “OIL Companies” do the drilling. You can’t “Frac” if you don’t have a well drilled to the depth of the “Pay Zone” and it is the Oil companies decision as part of completing a well as to the procedures(ie-Fracing/Acidizing, ect) that they will use to unlock the “Zone” they are producing from. Fracing is used to increase permeability in the formation to let more oil & gas flow out of the “Zone” to the surface. Get off the “Fracing” and get to “Fact checking”.

  • Matibob

    Here are the contact name and numbers for BLM in Nevada:

    Office Directory

    Nevada State Office

    State Director: Amy Lueders
    Associate State Director: Marci Todd
    Phone: 775-861-6590

    Deputy State Director, Natural Resource,
    Land & Planning
    Raul Morales
    Phone: 775-861-6464

    Deputy State Director, Minerals Management
    Gary Johnson
    Phone: 775-861-6576

    Deputy State Director, Support Services
    Bob Scruggs (Admin. Officer)
    Phone: 775-861-6644

    EEO Manager
    DeAnna Garrett
    Phone: 775-861-6584

    Office of Communications Chief
    Erica Haspiel-Szlosek
    Phone: 775-861-6586

    Great Basin Restoration Initiative Coordinator
    Linda Kelly
    Phone: 775-861-6400

    BLM Nevada State Office
    1340 Financial Blvd.,
    Reno, NV 89502

    Front Desk: 775-861-6400
    Fax: 775-861-6601
    Office hours: 7:30 am-4:30 pm, M-F

    Information Access Center (IAC): 775-861-6500
    Fax: 775-861-6606
    IAC hours: 8:00 am-4:00 pm, M-F

    National BLM Wild Horse & Burro (WH&B) Program
    (located in the Nevada State Office)
    Palomino Valley Center: 775-475-2222

    State Office Employee Directory


  • crookedstick

    The Iron County Utah Commissioner, David Miller, w)o is so involved in the Bundy mess is originally from Bunkerville. He is the son of David Miller, manager of German Co. Brentagg Pacific inc. a Fracking Chemical Co. Don’t let his Constitution talk, fool you.

  • Abigail Beecher

    Does anyone really believe that a government that gleefully slaughters thousands/millions of innocent humans really gives a crap about tortoises?

    • Jim Bunion

      No, because they also detonated Nukes in the Nevada desert.

  • bushnell45

    BLM declares NO-FLY ZONE over Bundy Ranch.

  • Jim Bunion

    There is a document from the Nevada Dept of Mines that show exploratory
    drilling operations for fracking, oil and gas on this land (Of Course Fox News
    or the rest of the Slime Ball Media will wait another week to report all this)
    1.2 million dollars of leases were sold last week to 7 different companies.
    BLM runs land theft operations by kicking off ranchers by claiming they are saving a tortoise, bird or snake. BLM will then lease land to Companies by releasing
    toxic chemicals into ground water to release the gas and oil, to profit a corporation.

  • Kate47

    MAKE THIS GO VIRAL!! COPY, PASTE send to your favorite RADIO HOST and ALL YOUR FRIENDS… Listen to the report–Sunday, 13 April 2014
    The Bundy’s should see this too… AND your Militia People…

    To put it bluntly, the people are being hoodwinked into believing that the situation is being resolved. It is not. It is a strategic de-escalation to fool the public.

    Date: Saturday, 12 April 2014
    Time: 1840 ET
    To: Redacted
    From Doug Hagmann

    At 1750 hours ET, I was contacted by my source within the Department of Homeland Security regarding the current situation at the Bundy Ranch. To put it bluntly, the people are being hoodwinked into believing that the situation is being resolved. It is not. It is a strategic de-escalation to fool the public. This source stated that the retreat of the BLM agents and the release of the cattle was actually crafted as a potential plan yesterday (Friday, 11 April 2014) based on the following:

    1. A military assessment of satellite and drone surveillance imagery (AIR SPACE CLOSURE FOR 1 MONTH FROM THE 11TH OF APRIL TO THE 11TH of MAY) of the “patriot resistance. Drones under the control of the U.S. military were in use, taking real-time photographic images of not just the activity at the ranch, but “identifying the protesters, any arms and any supplies they might have or be carrying. “Mission accomplished.”
    2. Real-time communication intercepts between patriots on-site and their off-site support;
    3. Active monitoring of internet traffic regarding the coverage of events at ranch;
    4. The monitoring of real-time video from the scene.

    This source stated that a response by the patriot movement was anticipated, although exceeded their expectations. Although this was a real operation, they also ran this as a test case for future government operations once they saw the response. They were also actively managing the media, in some cases threatening to cut off White House access to anyone covering the event.

    Despite this, the coverage by the alternative media began to create a public relations problem that was not easily managed. Note the lack of acknowledgment by the White House regarding this event. They are intentionally framing it as a state issue, despite the fact that all federal response has been and continues to be from the White House. There is a reason for this – a reason that has not been identified in any of the public reports to date. I will explain in further detail in a follow-up report on Sunday, after this source attends [redacted] to obtain more specific information about future federal operations. Regardless, according to this source, the government will take back ‘their land’ as they must to fulfill international obligations. It was never about grazing rights or anything other than (1) “securing clear title” to the land, and (2) further demonizing any patriotic resistance. It is my understanding, based on the information from this source, that it is a critical task to create a situation that will also advance their agenda of gun control and confiscation.

    A more detailed report will follow on Sunday, 13 April 2014, with additional and much more specific information about their inside plans and future operations.PLEASE MAKE THIS VIRAL!

    [ Listen to ” The Hagmann & Hagmann Report “]

    Sunday – April 13TH, 8PM Eastern – 7PM Central – 6PM Mountain – 5PM Pacific