Our Lands Rigged
Tens of thousands of acres of Colorado’s federal public lands are turned into private profit each year. Under the current administration, oil and gas companies have tried to lease more than 450,000 acres of our state’s federal public lands, an area nearly double the size of Rocky Mountain National Park.
Oil and gas leases on federal public lands are sold anonymously at below-market rates on an industry-owned website. To make matters worse, the price of our lands starts at just $2.00 per acre—an amount that has not increased in decades.
In Colorado and on the federal level, the oil and gas industry spends millions to influence the public and legislators. In 2018 it spent $125 million on lobbying members of Congress, $82 million on federal and state elections, and at least $40 million on Colorado ballot measures.