Bureau of Land Management Rejects “Keep-It-In-The-Ground” Movement’s Demands

The Keep-It-In-The-Ground (KIITG) movement in Ohio has suffered yet another defeat. As EID recently reported, these activists recently called on the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to hold a hearing and extend the public comment period regarding mineral leasing in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest (WNF), clearly in an effort to stall the decision. The deadline for public comment has been officially set for May 31st, disappointing activists according to the Athens News.

KIITG’s demands were particularly ironic considering that these same groups were so disruptive at the last public hearing that BLM was forced to shut the meeting down early, negating the entire purpose for public input, and hijacking others from having the opportunity to engage.

This news comes just days after the White House also refused to meet the group’s “demands” of ending all fossil fuel development of federal lands.  As the White House put it in an answer to a KIITG petition:

“Even as we move full steam ahead towards cleaner energy, the United States will still need to use fossil fuels in the near term.” (emphasis added)

Not only that but U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, (who is the head of the Bureau of Land Management, as it falls under the Department of Interior) pointed out that the group’s goal of ending fossil fuels is “naïve”:

“There are many, many miles driven every day. We don’t yet have solar-powered cars. It’s going to take a very long time before we can wean ourselves from fossil fuels, so I think that to keep it in the ground is naïve, to say we could shift to 100 percent renewables is naïve.” (emphasis added)

It’s almost as if the extreme behavior by KIITG activists at BLM meetings in Utah and Ohio is an effort to distract folks from the fact that they are being strongly criticized, even by the White House itself.

Fortunately for Americans, while these protestors might make headlines periodically, they certainly do not represent the majority of the population that acknowledges natural gas is already a part of our country’s clean energy future.



  1. Karen Orlando says:


    Actually the protesters make headlines routinely. And some like those in ny can be regularly seen in photographs with all kinds of politicians at all levels all over the state. It is debatable as to whether the majority of the population acknowledges natural gas is already a part of our country’s clean energy future. Its more likely that people have heard that natural gas is an impediment to climate progress as this position has made news much more often since the recent birth of the antifracking natural gas movement. How can the majority of the population think anything if they are awash in information all over the news that says the opposite or if they are handed fliers or at meetings where the exact opposite thing is stated? Most environmental organizations are against natural gas and fracking now so where then is the public getting this information about natural gas being part of our clean energy’s future?


  2. Jackie Stewart, Do you want what you are doing to be your legacy? We just can’t continue to use fossil fuels the way we used to as much as we wish we could. You are a good writer who could be promoting the truth. Then your legacy would be that you helped future generations have a safer, healthier world. It was a difficult task but you were willing and able.

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