Wyoming Liberty Group
Imagine an energy company running a pipeline across your land when empty federal land sat right next door. Since energy companies may exercise the power of eminent domain in Wyoming, this has happened many times over the years and continues to be a threat to landowners, farmers, and ranchers alike. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Last November we published Ben Barr’s One Thousand Roads to Liberty: The Unexamined Case for RS 2477 and Sovereignty (available for download as a Liberty Brief). The paper details the history of RS 2477, a federal law passed in 1866 that provided for a “right of way for the construction of highways over public lands, not reserved for public uses,” and what it should mean for Wyoming.
In a radio interview last week, I discussed my most recent study, “One Thousand Roads to Liberty.” It explains how local governments can regain control over federal lands in Wyoming.
One question that came up during my interview was whether people in California should be able to prevent people in Wyoming from deriving full economic benefit from the resources found on federal lands. Well, federal lands are held “in trust” for all Americans. Just as residents of Wyoming should have a say over Yosemite National Park, so too should folks in California have a say over Yellowstone National Park. But that’s not the end of the story.