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Permit numbers don't tell the whole story

Environmental groups are correct to note that industry has a lot of active APDs to develop. But industry is telling the truth when it says a complex set of timing and surface stipulations make it difficult to develop all of those leases in a timely fashion. Sage grouse and raptor nesting protections, for example, block a sizable portion of federal leases from being developed from March to June in Wyoming.

There is a backlog of APDs under analysis at the Bureau of Land Management.

But industry officials cross the line of reason when they assert that President Obama is purposefully and masterfully ratcheting up approved APD numbers while nullifying them with onerous and over-reaching stipulations behind the scenes.

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Oil & gas industry – #4

The oil and gas industry has nearly 7,200 permits to drill on public lands that it has yet to use. The unused, but still valid, drilling permits paint a starkly different picture from what industry and some in Congress have argued is a concerted effort by the Obama administration to lock up federal lands to energy production, said Dave Alberswerth, senior policy adviser on energy issues for the Wilderness Society and a former Interior Department official in the Clinton administration.

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Are Feds Slowing Oil and Gas Permitting?

Of the seven major oil and gas EISs now in the works in Wyoming, none have gotten to the “draft” stage. Once a draft is issued, stakeholders can better predict when the process might be completed. But in the early stages of the process, Ulrich said the scope and detail of the analysis seems to have greatly expanded.

“More and more is analyzed under the umbrella of an EIS,” said Ulrich, adding that the analysis includes more air pollutants than before, and more animal species.

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BLM considers McCullough Peaks for 'wild lands' protection

The Bureau of Land Management has identified nearly a quarter-million acres in northwest Wyoming that may have wilderness characteristics and should be studied for possible protection as “wild lands” under the agency’s upcoming revision of its Bighorn Basin resource management plan (RMP). The areas include more than 50,000 acres of unprotected land just east of Cody, Wyo., known as the Whistle Creek and Rough Gulch units, that border the 11,350-acre McCullough Peaks Wilderness Study Area, which BLM protected after an earlier wilderness inventory in 1980.