A new report released today by the Wilderness Society says Wyoming’s Red Desert and the Wyoming Range are too special to drill for oil and gas. The report – titled Too Wild to Drill – lists a dozen locations across the U.S.
The Wyoming Range was initially opened for leasing in 2005, but the Forest Service canceled those leases in 2011. Appeals by operators have left the leases in limbo since then, but the U-S Forest Service is expected to decide later this year whether they will allow energy development.
After three years of work, a conservation group and a petroleum companyreached a deal that will prevent gas drilling in the Wyoming range.
The Trust for Public Land announced in Jackson today that it plans to buy out nearly 58,000 acres of oil and gas leases from Houston-based Plains Exploration and Production Co. The leases were for a pristine area of the Bridger-Teton National forest.
The Bridger-Teton National Forest has decided to conduct an additional environmental study and solicit more comments on a proposal to drill in the Upper Hoback Basin of western Wyoming. The Forest Service made the decision after considering over 60-thousand comments on the proposal by Houston based Plains Exploration and Production Company. The company wants to drill 136 wells in the area. The Forest Service will be developing a new alternative for drilling in the area. Dan Smitherman of the group Citizens for the Wyoming Range is thrilled with the move and says he hopes this will lead