Cheyenne, WY – A representative of an environmental group is voicing opposition to a proposal that would reduce the amount of public land available for oil shale development in Wyoming and neighboring states. Congress in 2005 approved leasing up to 1.9 million acres of public land in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming for oil shale development
together with other lands holding tar sands.
Now the Bureau of Land Management is working on a new plan set
for release by the end of 2012 that could call for reducing the
amount of land available for leasing in the three states.
A spokesman for one environmental group said Thursday in
Cheyenne that oil shale development is environmentally harmful and
not economically feasible. A lawyer who represents energy companies
says the best deposits are outside Wyoming.