BLM fires back, calls drilling estimate misleading

Laramie, WY – The Bureau of Land Management is criticizing a report issued by the Wilderness Society, calling its data inaccurate and misleading. The environmental group compiled BLM data that shows oil and gas drilling across the west could increase by 160 percent in the next few decades. But BLM spokesman Steven Hall says in some cases the group counted wells more than once and assumed incorrectly that every well would be built.

"It's not as if the last best places are going to recieve a gas well, which is what I think the Wilderness Society was implying in the report," Hall says.

Hall says the report was designed to grab headlines by suggesting the most pristine areas of the state were at risk. He says that is not the case, and that the BLM is developing wells only where drilling should occur.