Laramie, Wy – A new report shows that many of the approved oil and gas leases for the west are sitting idle. This is at the same time federal reports have taken some Wyoming communities to task for slowing up development. They say local water protections are slowing up important oil and gas development. The Wilderness Society's David Alberswerth says some 44 million acres could be drilled right now.
Alberswerth says no more leases should be approved until industry catches up. At the same time he says companies and others could use the time to study ways to use alternative energy.