By Bob Beck
Laramie, WY – The U.S. Forest Service has cancelled an arrangement with an energy company that drew the ire of the Governor.
The Forest Service had agreed to let Stanley Energy pay for an environmental analysis of the Wyoming Range for oil and gas drilling, even though the energy company was among those who had hoped to drill in the area.
Bridger-Teton Superintendant Kniffy Hamilton now says that the agreement was a mistake, and that the Forest Service will take over the analysis.
Senator John Barrasso is pleased with the decision, but Governor Dave Freudenthal wants the study to start over. Freudenthal says drilling in the area brings with it serious questions about impacts on water, wildlife, and air quality.