Rawlins, Wy – The state of Wyoming is set to
consider a petition from environmental groups that want to protect
the Adobe Town area of the Red Desert from energy development.
The Wyoming Environmental Quality Council will hold a hearing
next month in Rock Springs on the request.
The Biodiversity Conservation Alliance in Laramie and six other
conservation groups submitted the petition last year.
The groups want to expand the area in Adobe Town that will be
protected from development from the proposed 85,000 acres up to
The federal government already has leased more than 90 percent
of Adobe Town on the Rawlins side for energy development. There's
been little activity on the Rock Springs side, which holds about
half the acreage.
John MacDonald is assistant manager for the U.S. Bureau of Land
Management in Rock Springs. He says that his agency hasn't pursued
the issue of whether the state has authority to limit development
on federal lands.