WPR News
12:35 pm
Thu August 19, 2004

B-L-M Not Doing Homework on Red Desert Drilling

Rock Springs, WY – Environmental groups protesting the Bureau of Land Management's plan for managing oil and gas development in the Red Desert say the agency isn't doing it's homework. The Wyoming chapter of the Sierra Club is among those who joined in on the official protest. Spokesperson Patricia Dowd says there is too much flexibility in the B-L-M drilling plan. She says the agency is being very vague in how they're determining how much development will take place in the area. And Dowd says the B-L-M is not looking holistically at the impacts on big game and sage grouse. The B-L-M says there will be about 200 wells, but more than half the area will be off limits to development.