BLM pulls proposed Wyoming leases

Cheyenne, WY – The Bureau of Land Management is pulling 28,500 acres in a south-central Wyoming mountain valley from an oil and gas lease sale scheduled for next week.

Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal, the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission and conservation groups had objected to leasing the land for possible oil and gas development for various reasons.

The state is mainly concerned about sage grouse habitat in the Saratoga Valley.

Wyoming BLM Director Bob Bennett says the agency decided to defer the proposed leases because it is currently working on a new management plan for the area and wants to address the concerns raised by the state.

The BLM lease sale is scheduled for Tuesday.