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Citizens for the Wyoming Range

After three years of work, a conservation group and a petroleum companyreached a deal that will prevent gas drilling in the Wyoming range. 

The Trust for Public Land announced in Jackson today that it plans to buy out nearly 58,000 acres of oil and gas leases from Houston-based Plains Exploration and Production Co.  The leases were for a pristine area of the Bridger-Teton National forest.

The environmental group American Rivers has included two Wyoming waterways in its list of the top 10 endangered rivers in the U.S. The group chooses rivers that it believes would be significantly harmed by proposed development or other activities.

The two waterways in the state are the Green River in southeastern Wyoming and the Hoback River near Jackson.