Laramie, Wy –
Environmental groups are calling this weeks ruling by a federal appeals court extremely important. The appeals court ruled that the Bureau of land Managements environmental assessment of some leases in the Powder River Basin were faulty. The environmental groups say this now casts doubt on other leases in the area. Powder River Basin Resource Council Director Kevin Lind says this should refocus B-L-M, who has mostly been concerned with developing more natural gas.
Lind does not know if this will slow development down or not, but he thinks it will make the B-L-M more responsible.