WPR News
9:13 am
Wed August 18, 2004

Coalition Sues over Red Desert Drilling

Rock Springs, WY – A coalition of conservation groups has filed a formal protest of a federal plan to manage oil and gas drilling in southwestern Wyoming. The Wyoming Outdoor Council, Biodiversity Conservation Alliance, the Wilderness Society, the Wyoming chapter of the Sierra Club and Lander resident Tom Bell filed the suit Monday. They say the Bureau of Land Management failed to comply with federal law by not providing adequate safeguards to protect wildlife. The B-L-M says it's proposal would prohibit new oil and natural gas drilling in more than half the area, create new jobs and enrich local communities with new tax revenue.