By Bob Beck
Washington D-C – An attempt to place limits on drilling in the Wyoming range was defeated by the U-S House of Representatives. Wyoming Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis was among those who voted against the Omnibus Public Lands Act.
During debate on the measure, Congresswoman Lummis said her main objection was that the bill had a number of proposals in it that were too expensive.
In Wyoming, the bill would have prevented oil and gas drilling on over a million acres within Bridger-Teton National Forest. It would have protected existing leases, but allowed remaining leases to be purchased and retired by conservation groups. Supporters will have another chance to bring the bill up for a vote. Wyoming Outfitter Gary Amerine says support for the effort is growing and he is cautiously optimistic that it will pass.
Amerine says the legislation would protect wildlife and important areas of the state.