Gillette, Wy – Coal-bed methane drillers and others
welcome the lifting of federal restrictions designed to protect
sage grouse in northeast Wyoming's Powder River Basin this spring.
For the last three-and-a-half months there has been a moratorium
on drilling and other surface disturbing activities within two
miles of a sage grouse lek, or mating area. But as the federal restrictions end, the coal-bed methane
industry will find low prices for Wyoming gas.
State Oil and Gas Supervisor Don Likwartz says he isn't sure how
many small, independent operators will wait for better prices
before drilling new wells.