Background of the Oil Lease Cases

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Back Ground of the Oil Lease Cases

The Senate Public Lands Committee's oil lease investigation was originally authorized under a resolution by Senator LaPollstte directing an investigation of “the entire subject of naval oil leases with particular reference to the protection of the rights and equities of the Government of the United States.” The Senate adopted the resolution by unanimous vote, April 30, 1922, but the investigation did not get under way until October 22, 1923.

The oil lands in question were withdrawn from public entry in 1909 and subsequently set up as naval petroleum reserves by Presidents Taft and Wilson. In addition to the three reserves under consideration by the Senate Committee there are two oil shale reserves in Colorado and Utah, each estimated to ...

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