WPR News
8:45 am
Thu January 15, 2009

Cultural and historic land bill hits a snag

Cheyenne, Wyo. – An effort to help groups preserve and promote areas of the state with cultural and historical significance has hit a snag.

A legislative committee postponed action on the bill after a number of energy and agricultural groups showed up in opposition. Devon Energy's Margo Sabec fears that if an area is identified by the state as a place of cultural significance, that federal officials will ban energy development in that area.

Parks and Cultural Resources Director Milward Simpson says they are not attempting to stop energy development, but he says there is a need to promote and preserve important sites.

Simpson says the idea is to get to the point where cultural tourism in Wyoming starts to take off. Committee Chairman Bruce Burns set the bill aside to see if they two groups can work out their differences. For Wyoming Public Radio, I'm Bob Beck.