Petition update

Wyo. Range gas lease buyout planned

Citizens For the Wyoming Range
United States

Oct 19, 2012 — 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.

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