Pinedale, Wy – The Bureau of Land Management's Pinedale office has been bombarded with 85,000 e-mails and a stack of letters six inches high from those opposed to oil and gas leasing near the Upper Green River.
The public had its final chance today to comment on revisions to a BLM document that guides drilling on nearly one million acres in the Pinedale Resource Area. Kellie Roadifer (Road-a-fur), of the BLM, expects an additional 7,500 natural gas wells will be drilled over the next decade.
She says the comments thus far cover an array of concerns, mostly in the area north of Cora.
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Public comment will be reviewed before the next version of the document is released in December.
The Bureau of Land Management in Pinedale says it has been overwhelmed by public concern over potential oil and gas leasing near the Upper Green River.
The BLM is revising a document that will decide how nearly one million acres of land can be used in the Pinedale Resource Area. The public comment period on that document closed yesterday, and much of the controversy surrounds how the land will be shelled out to natural gas companies.
Kellie Roadifer, of the BLM, says most of the 85,000 e-mails and letters came from people who worry that gas drilling will affect wildlife, water and rural communities near Cora.
Roadifer says the BLM expects 7,500 natural gas wells will be drilled in the area over the next decade, but she says most of those will be where mining operations already exist.
The next version of the document is scheduled for release in December.