Cheyenne, Wy – The U.S. Forest Service is going ahead
with an environmental study into proposed oil and gas leasing in a
scenic mountain range in western Wyoming.
Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal had protested that the agency allowed an energy company too much influence in the
The Forest Service is conducting an environmental study on
whether to allow oil and gas leasing on nearly 45,000 acres in and
around the Wyoming Range.
Freudenthal says the Forest Service has allowed Stanley Energy
questionable access to the process so far. He wants the agency to
halt the study and start over.
Forest Service spokeswoman Erin O'Connor says the agency has
corrected the situation and will proceed with the study, which is
still early in the process.
Freudenthal, some local residents and other state elected
officials say the range should be off limits to energy development
because of its significant recreation and scenic value. Oil and gas
companies maintain they can drill on the outer edges of the
mountain range with minimal disturbance.