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CHEYENNE (WNE) — Gov. Mark Gordon announced Thursday that Wyoming has filed a second lawsuit against the Department of Interior related to the Bureau of Land Management’s decision to “pause” oil and gas lease sales.  In the first lawsuit, the state challenged the Biden administration’s early...
CASPER – As Wyoming’s next federal oil and gas lease sale nears, officials are figuring out how, exactly, to accommodate a Congressional mandate to tie leasing to renewables.  A provision in the Inflation Reduction Act passed this summer restricts the ability of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)...
BUFFALO — Bureau of Land Management fire personnel descended on a field of sagebrush off of Hazelton Road in the Bighorn Mountains on Oct. 19. Dressed in yellow shirts, green pants and a red hard hat that make up the firefighter's uniform, 17 crew members gathered for a briefing that precedes each...
The Bureau of Land Management has paused its decision on the acquisition of more than 35,000 acres of land near Casper following a challenge from the state, Gov. Mark Gordon’s office announced on Wednesday. Federal officials announced in early June that the Conservation Fund, a national...
The Bureau of Land Management has started revising the agency’s 1999 Newcastle Resource Management Plan, a document that guides the management of the 292,000 surface acres and 1.6 million acres of mineral estate in Niobrara, Weston and Crook counties, according to Tyson Finnicum, public affairs...
CASPER — At least one industry group will appeal last week’s court order upholding the federal government’s right to postpone oil and gas leasing until it finishes evaluating the sales’ environmental impacts.  U.S. District Judge Scott W. Skavdahl of Wyoming ruled Friday that the Department of the...
CHEYENNE (WNE) — Gov. Mark Gordon has announced that Wyoming is taking legal action to “protect the oil and gas industry.”  The state has filed a motion to intervene in a pair of cases that were filed by a coalition of advocacy groups seeking to challenge the June 2022 Bureau of Land Management oil...
CASPER — The federal government must reevaluate the environmental impacts of coal mining on federal lands before it can issue new leases, a judge ruled Friday.  Just over a week after he ordered the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to revise its coal leasing allowances in the Powder River Basin for...
Both Weston County and the Bureau of Land Management have instituted burn restrictions effective July 22 after a spell of hot, dry weather.  “The last couple of weeks have certainly changed the landscape in regard to fire conditions,” said Daniel Tysdal, Weston County fire warden. “The hot, dry and...
CASPER (WNE) — A 3,200-acre wildfire 25 miles northeast of Casper has been 80% contained as of Friday morning, an official said.  The fire, dubbed Sand Springs, began around noon Wednesday. Hot temperatures and high winds quickly spread the blaze to around 2,500 acres by the end of the first day...

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