• Petitioned James C Flores

This petition was delivered to:

President and CEO of Plains Exploration and Production
James C Flores

Houston, We Have a Problem

    1. Petition by

      Citizens For the Wyoming Range

Houston, we have a problem.

The Houston-based company, Plains Exploration and Production (PXP), rejected an invitation earlier this year to travel to Wyoming to hear from concerned citizens. Now more than ever, PXP needs to know we have a problem with their plan to drill 136 gas wells just south of Jackson Hole.

PXP's industrial scale gas field proposal is the only one in the nation located at the headwaters of a Wild and Scenic River. The project poses major threats to our surface and groundwater, air quality, native trout fisheries, big game herds, and our cherished recreational activities, such as fishing, hunting, and paddling.

Fortunately, there is a solution.

By signing this petition you can help Wyoming citizens encourage PXP to sell its oil and gas leases to a conservation buyer. This solution would protect what is considered to be the most important wildlife crossroads in the greater Yellowstone area, and the headwaters of the congressionally designated wild and scenic Hoback River, while honoring PXP’s financial investment.

This is a winning solution for everyone. Sign this petition and urge PXP to listen to the concerns of Wyoming citizens and agree to a sale of these oil and gas leases.




Recent signatures


    1. Oil Company and Conservationists Strike a Deal

      Citizens For the Wyoming Range
      Petition Organizer

      "Now I can hand these mountains down to my children," said Carl Bennett, a miner from Rock Springs.

      "It means more to me than just about anything," said Jace Jackman, a hunter who, at 19 years old, was the youngest negotiator on behalf of the Trust. "If you don't have a place to recreate, then you don't have anything."

      Even the governor is glad his state's pristine wilderness will be kept for generations to enjoy.

      "It is truly is a special day to be able to have this special place, knowing that it's going to be special for all the years to come," Mead said.

      The Trust for Public Land will pay $8.75 million for the lease. It will not use any taxpayer money, but it is still $4.25 million short of that price.

      In order to buy the land, they'll need to raise the full amount of funds by the end of this year.


      Oil company, conservationists strike a deal

      Conservationists and an oil company have come to a big agreement in Wyoming. Deborah Love, the Northern Rockies director for the Trust for Public Land announced that after six months of negotiations with the Plains Exploration and Production Company, or PXP, the Trust for Public Land has reached an agreement for the purchase of over 58,000 acres of federal oil and gas leases in the Upper Hoback Basin.

    2. Wyo. Range gas lease buyout planned

      Citizens For the Wyoming Range
      Petition Organizer

      CHEYENNE, Wyo.—A land conservation group has reached a long-sought agreement with a petroleum company to prevent a controversial gas drilling project inside a national forest by buying out a vast area of federal oil and gas leases in northwest Wyoming.

      The Trust for Public Land announced in Jackson on Friday that it plans to pay $8.75 million for nearly 58,000 acres of leases from Houston-based Plains Exploration and Production Co. The deal would end PXP's plans to drill 136 gas wells near the Hoback River headwaters inside Bridger-Teton National Forest.

      "We have a deal to save the Hoback!" Deborah Love, the conservation group's Northern Rockies director, said to loud applause.

      Never before has drilling occurred in the headwaters of a federally designated Wild and Scenic River such as the Hoback, she said.

      More here: http://www.denverpost.com/ci_21705961/ap-exclusive-wyo-range-gas-lease-buyout-planned?IADID=Search-www.denverpost.com-www.denverpost.com

    3. Reached 30,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Erin Davis WOODSTOCK, IL
      • 9 months ago

      We need to have wildlife for our future generations to enjoy. We have to focus on saving it now!

    • linda norris SOMERSWORTH, NH
      • 12 months ago

      I'd like to see al the hunters kept out of this land as well as the oil companies.

    • Georg Hirschland SEATTLE, WA
      • 12 months ago

      ??are you stupid!

    • Fred Nadelman SAVANNAH, GA
      • 12 months ago

      Gas wells can pollute surface water, groundwater as well as air quality.

    • Patty McCourt VERNAL, UT
      • over 1 year ago

      Near Jackson? Near a Wild & Scenic River? Are you kidding me? I work in the Parks & Rec field & know how popular that area is for vacationers who come from all over the world. Having to drive through the gas patch to get there is a sure way to deter some visitors & the money they bring to the area. Europeans regularly tell me they can't see wildlife at home the way they can around Yellowstone. Why can't some people cherish & respect those few special places left on earth?


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