USFS has rules in place to guide oil, gas exploration in Wyoming forest

Posted: Mar 19, 2012

Written by

Casper Star-Tribune editorial board

About a year ago, the very rare happened. The Forest Service came to an agreement with several different outdoors groups on a compromise plan for the Bridger-Teton National Forest that would seem to satisfy the service, outdoors folks and Plains Exploration and Production, a natural gas drilling company which holds leases on forest land.

The deal was brokered without the threat of a lawsuit and seemed to demonstrate a different model of compromise was possible in Wyoming without everyone winding up in a courtroom.

That deal, though, fell apart. While the deal’s disintegration may prove to be fortunate for Wyoming’s long-term interest, the idea of different groups getting together for a compromise is not something that should be dismissed or forgotten.

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