Company Rewarded for Abandoning Drilling Plans?

Aaron Flint posted on August 15, 2013 14:12 :: 795 Views

Based on what I have heard about Xanterra’s service at Yellowstone National Park, I imagine they received the contract at Glacier National Park for their quality service. 

However, after seeing some of the latest headlines and the bullying from the environmental community, it certainly makes you wonder if Xanterra, a sister company of Anschutz Exploration, was rewarded after Anschutz abandoned plans to drill for oil on the Blackfeet Reservation. 

Here’s the latest from the AP:

The National Park Service has selected Xanterra Parks and Resorts, Inc. as the new concessioner for Glacier National Park. The new contract was announced Tuesday and includes lodging, retail, transportation, food and beverage and other services within the park.

Xanterra will replace Glacier Park Inc., which has held the concessions contract since 1981. The new 16-year contract is set to begin in January 2014.

Xanterra Parks & Resorts, Inc. provides a variety of visitor services in several national and state parks across the country, including Crater Lake, Death Valley, Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone and Zion National Parks, and Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

You may recall this story by Tristan Scott back in March:

A Denver-based energy exploration company that has been searching for oil and gas on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation alongside Glacier National Park announced Tuesday that it would cease drilling and shut down the project.

A spokesman for Anschutz said the company will surrender leases on all lands that are not within a spacing unit for a producing well.

“We will continue to operate the five or so producing wells for now,” Anschutz spokesman Brent Temmer said.

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