Lararmie, Wy – The Bush Administration has sent a directive to the state offices of the Bureau of Land Management. The directive is regarding a law limiting how many acres an oil and gas company can lease in any one state. The spokesperson for the Wyoming office, Cindy Wertz, says the directive clarifies an existing regulation, but she acknowledges it will change how some things are done in the state. Wertz says they had interpreted the regulation in a way that allowed companies to lease more acreage if they were over the limit because of a merger or acquistion, but now they will end that practice.
There had been six companies leasing more than the 246 thousand acre limit in Wyoming. Now only one company is over, but it has until October to come back under the limit.