A clarification from Congressman Rogers’ office
by StarEditorBobDavis
<p><span >The office of U.S. Rep. <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mike-rogers.house.gov/" target="_blank">Mike Rogers</a>, R-Saks, takes issue with an Anniston Star editorial&#8217;s take on the congressman&#8217;s views regarding <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.annistonstar.com/view/full_story/18271332/article-Residents-concerned-about-Talladega-forest-drilling-plan-?" target="_blank">oil exploration</a> in the Talladega National Forest.</span></p> <p><span >The editorial &#8211; <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.annistonstar.com/view/full_story/18886648/article-Our-neck-of-the-woods--Consider-Talladega-National-Forest-off-limits-to-drilling-for-oil--gas?instance=1st_left" target="_blank">Our neck of the woods: Consider Talladega National Forest off-limits to drilling for oil, gas</a> - contained this sentence: &#8220;Three Republicans &#8212; County Commissioner Tim Hodges, state Rep. Randy Wood and U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers &#8212; each have voiced strong opposition to drilling for fossil fuels in our national forest. Rogers was wise to request, in writing, that the BLM delay the auction.&#8221;</span></p> <p><span >That&#8217;s not accurate, writes Shea Snider, spokeswoman for Rep. Rogers. Her email notes:</span></p> <p><span ><strong>The above sentence &#8220;doesn&#8217;t accurately reflect Congressman Rogers&#8217;s statements on the issue.&#160;Rogers has never referenced drilling in the Talladega National Forest.</strong></span></p> <p><span ><strong>&#8220;What he has said is that he is vehemently opposed to allowing the leases to go forward, as he has said repeatedly and in public, because of the way BLM kept the public, local officials and his office in the dark. That&#8217;s why he has asked for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to delay the lease sales, reopen the public comment period and hold public meetings as they should have done from the beginning. Something this important needs thorough public discussion and debate; the people deserve to know what is going on.&#8221;</strong></span></p>
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