Washington D-C – A conservation group is seeking to halt
drilling on a booming natural gas field in western Wyoming through
a lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court.
The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership claims the
government has reneged on promises to shield deer, sage grouse and
other wildlife from energy development in the Pinedale Anticline.
That's a geologic formation an hour south of Jackson with an
estimated 21 trillion cubic feet of natural gas - one of the
largest reserves in the United States.
About 1,000 wells have gone in so far, and a pending plan would
allow 4,400 more over the next 60 years.
The lawsuit, in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., accuses
the Bureau of Land Managment of authorizing drilling despite its
own predictions that wildlife populations will decline.