Transparency, public input, independent analysis, legislative oversight are all necessary argues natural resources law expert.
As measures empowering Gov. Mark Gordon to negotiate what might be $1B acquisition progress divisions emerge among politicos jostling for control over the purchasing process and even the eventual management of lands
Deal involves a numbers-minded governor of a state with huge trust funds, an oil giant under pressure and 5 million acres of land and minerals.
Massive land, minerals purchase could dip deep into the state’s savings funds; proponents say it would bring much-needed revenues, but belt-tightening first.