By Bob Beck
Laramie, WY – Representatives of conservation groups and energy organizations have both claimed victory with the ruling by Federal Judge Nancy Freudenthal over Oil and Gas leasing. Freudenthal was ruling in a case over a backlog of leases in Wyoming and Utah and said the B-L-M must follow their own rules and make a decision on leases within 60 days of a lease sale. Conservation groups say that means that public comments must be addressed before a lease can be allowed. Attorney Lisa McGee of the Wyoming Outdoor Council says that is important.
"An alternative ruling where the BLM lost its ability to think twice before it issued leases would really have been really detrimental to the public. And not that oil and gas is an inappropriate use of our public lands, but they have to be balanced decisions."
The Western Energy Alliance filed the lawsuit over a backlog of oil and gas leases. They are pleased that the backlog will now be addressed.