federal leases http://wyomingpublicradio.net en More than half of federal oil and gas leases idle http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/more-half-federal-oil-and-gas-leases-idle <p>More than half of the public lands in the continental U.S. that have been leased to oil and gas companies are not actually being drilled, according to a report by the Department of the Interior.</p><p>Bruce Hinchey of the Petroleum Association of Wyoming says that&rsquo;s because there are so many hoops that oil and gas companies have to jump through. He says it often takes over a year to get a permit to drill. And Environmental Impact Statements, which are required for large-scale energy development, take even longer.</p> Wed, 16 May 2012 00:47:32 +0000 Willow Belden 24114 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net More than half of federal oil and gas leases idle