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The Bureau of Land Management Wyoming talks about opening up Oil and Gas lease sales again

Oil and Gas leas sales are finally returning to Wyoming but with a catch. The Bureau of Land Management is opening up Oil and Gas sales after a year’s ...
Published: Apr. 23, 2022 at 9:53 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Oil and Gas leas sales are finally returning to Wyoming but with a catch.

The Bureau of Land Management is opening up Oil and Gas sales after a year’s “moratorium.”

According to officials, the Department of the Interior (DOI) only paused new lease sales to analyze the environmental and social community impact of any new sales.

“I wouldn’t call it a moratorium on leasing before, because the Department of the Interior all the way from the top was kind of just doing a review. There was no talk ever of, ‘We’re never going to have a lease sale again.’ so I think that’s important to know that we’re following regulatory and legal opinions,” said Courtney Whiteman, Public Affairs Specialist- Wyoming BLM.

The decision is following the court injunction mandating sales while the Federal Government appeals. The Bureau of land Management Wyoming State office will move forward offering 129 parcels containing over 131,000 acres of public minerals.

The parcels will be offered at the online Oil and Gas Lease Sale scheduled for June 21-22, 2022.

The sale also allowed for a 30-day public protest period that ends May 18th.

Meaning that tribal lands, wild species like sage grouse, or communities that are impacted by development can protest the offered parcel.

The pause in development was to examine the impact of continued sales.

Whether on community health, job creation, social justice, wildlife habilitate and species, and climate effect whether through carbon emissions and greenhouse gases.

“A couple of things... the social cost of carbon. How releasing carbon from these activities how it affects, not just that lease but the habitat of that little area, but everywhere,” said Whiteman. “Looking at greenhouse gases how much are they going to affect, communities, the United States of America and the World at whole. And how much greenhouse gases are these leases emitting, and are there ways to combat that or make it better, ” said Whiteman.

Moving forward, new lease sales will include carbon and greenhouse emissions analysis for all new leases

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