Freudenthal Blasts BLM's Pinedale Plan

Cheyenne – Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal says the
U.S. Bureau of Land Management's latest draft of a plan for managing oil and gas drilling in the Pinedale area is unacceptable.

Freudenthal's letter to officials in the BLM Pinedale office says cooperating agencies -- such as the Wyoming state government -- have been largely excluded from the plan's development.

Friday was the deadline for comments on the revised Pinedale Resource Management Plan. The document will determine how the BLM manages natural resources for the next 20 to 25 years on the 1,875-square-mile area.

Kellie Roadifer of the Pinedale BLM Office says a final decision is scheduled to be issued on June 27. Roadifer says the BLM held several meetings with cooperating
agencies as it worked on the draft plan.

Freudenthal's letter also says the draft plan doesn't go far enough to address impacts on air and water quality, among other concerns.

Roadifer says the goal is to lay out a sensible framework for allocation of resources and management of public lands in the Pinedale management area.