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.’ ” 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 or communities that are impacted by development can protest the offered parcel.
“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,” said Whiteman.
They are also including carbon and greenhouse emissions analysis for all new leases moving forward.
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