Sweetwater County Will Scale Back Leasing

Laramie, WY – The Sweetwater County Commission has decided to scale back the amount of county land that will be available for oil and gas leasing outside Rock Springs and Green River.

Commissioners voted to classify about a dozen sections that were formerly recommended by the board for case-by-case leasing as now closed to federal oil and gas leasing.

The move will set aside land for future growth of both towns. In addition, it will allow the Bureau of Land Management to speed up the agency's process of reviewing oil and gas leases in the county.