Gov. Asks for Lease Buy-Back Bill

Laramie, WY – Governor Freudenthal has made an unusual request to the state's congressional delegation. He wants them to sponsor legislation that would offer to buy back natural gas leases in southwest Wyoming's Jack Morrow Hills. The conservation group Friends of the Red Desert says it would be a good step forward, but they'd like to see even more done to protect the land.

Meantime, petroleum industry spokesman Bruce Hinchey says wildlife already coexist very well with the natural gas development in the area.
"Our companies have proven time and time again that we can develop the gas and be responsible for the environment and protect the wildlife that's out there," he said. "They've got a world-class elk herd right out there where this oil field is," he added.

So far, no one from Wyoming's congressional delegation has agreed to sponsor a bill to buy back natural gas leases in the Red Desert.