Conservation groups oppose another round of Wyoming Range leases

Posted: Apr 19, 2013

Written by

ADAM VOGE, Casper Star-Tribune
Bridger-Teton NF

Wyoming and out-of-state citizens and conservation groups rallied to buy out a series of oil and gas leases in the Wyoming Range late last year, but the fight to stop oil and gas exploration in the area is far from over.

The U.S. Forest Service could this fall release an environmental analysis of about 45,000 additional acres in the range and Bridger-Teton National Forest — this time near Cliff Creek — once sold for oil and gas leasing but later held up by appeals and calls for more study. The newest analysis could open the area to oil and gas development or pull the acres from the table forever.

Conservation groups around Wyoming have for years been calling for the leases to be withheld.

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