Jackson, WY – The Bureau of Land Management is planning to offer more options for energy development in the Pinedale Anticline in western Wyoming. One new alternative calls for a larger area where operators could drill for natural gas. Bans on drilling during the winter to
protect big game winter range would be waived. It also calls for a suspension of existing energy leases on the east and west sides of the Anticline. BLM spokesman Steven Hall says the alternative includes "significant additional protections" for wildlife and wildlife habitat. A second new alternative will examine developing the entire field while limiting drilling during winter to protect wildlife. Both alternatives are expected to be available for public review in early October, with a period for public comments.