Bridger-Teton National Forest Refuses Oil, Gas Leases On Wyoming Range

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Bridger-Teton National Forest will not allow oil and gas leases on 70 square miles of the Wyoming Range, a new twist in a long debate over drilling in the western Wyoming mountains.Tuesday’s much-awaited decision d…

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Bridger-Teton National Forest will not allow oil and gas leases on 70 square miles of the Wyoming Range, a new twist in a long debate over drilling in the western Wyoming mountains.

Tuesday’s much-awaited decision drew praise from environmentalists and criticism from Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., who said in a statement that it was based on “everything but jobs, the economy, energy independence and national security.”

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