Forest Service could quash WY oil and gas leases

LANDER — The U.S. Forest Service could quash contested oil and gas leases in the Wyoming Range, if an updated environmental analysis differs from its 18-year-old predecessor.

But if that happened, it could lead to legal imbroglios between the Forest Service and the companies that purchased the leases from the Bureau of Land Management.

If the latest Forest Service analysis indicates that the environmental impact of drilling on the Wyoming Range would be unacceptable, the Bridger-Teton National Forest and its supervisor, Carole “Kniffy” Hamilton, could, effectively, invalidate the leases.

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