Laramie, Wy –
The reason several environmental groups have filed a protest over development of the Red Desert for Oil and Gas leasing, is because they don't believe that the Bureau of Land Management is doing its homework. The Wyoming Chapter of the Sierra Club is among those who joined in on the official protest of the B-L-M's plan to manage drilling in the area. Spokesperson Patricia Dowd says there is too much flexibility in the B-L-M plan.
Dowd notes that the B-L-M has had a recent history focused first on development and protecting the environment second. The B-L-M says there will be about 200 wells, but more then half the area will be off limits.