A conservation victory

A natural gas pipeline surfaces just outside the Cheyenne Holiday Inn where the BLM is holding their last auction of the year, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008. (Photo/Morgan E. Heim)

A natural gas pipeline surfaces just outside the Cheyenne Holiday Inn where the BLM is holding their last auction of the year, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008. (Photo/Morgan E. Heim)

The Wyoming BLM earned a little bit of kudos from conservationists last December after they decided to withdraw more than 16,000 acres from the last auction of 2008. The withdrawn parcels included 10,000 acres in Little Mountain, one of the most southwestern regions of the Red Desert, also a previously listed Area of Critical Environmental Concern by the BLM. The decision prevents, for the time-being at least, drilling in this part of the desert considered important habitat for greater sage grouse.

Lorraine Keith, public affairs officer for the Rock Springs BLM, discusses the lease requests for the Little Mountain area south of Rock Springs, Wyo., Monday, November 17, 2008. The Little Mountain parcels were ultimately removed from the auction. (Photo/Morgan E. Heim)

Lorraine Keith, public affairs officer for the Rock Springs BLM, discusses the lease requests for the Little Mountain area south of Rock Springs, Wyo., Monday, November 17, 2008. The Little Mountain parcels were ultimately removed from the auction. (Photo/Morgan E. Heim)

There were more than 125 protests filed by conservationists at the last auction. The withdrawn parcels are being reviewed, and will not be offered again unless the protests are voided and then renominated. The auction did sell leases to parcels in the Jack Morrow Hills however, one of the other hotly contested areas nominated for development.

The BLM ultimately leased more than 172,000 acres in Wyoming, earning more than $9.1 million. For more information on the lease sale, read this article from the International Business Times.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: