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By Brady Oltmans, Pinedale Roundup

WYOMING – A local production group submitted a protest to the Bureau of Land Management regarding oil and gas leases on the same day a coalition of environmental groups also petitioned the BLM for the same reason.

While these petitions all centered on President Joe Biden’s administration’s plans to resume oil and gas leasing sales on public lands in late June, they are for vastly different reasons.

A litany of environmental groups submitted a formal protest to the Bureau of Land Management’s Wyoming office in reference to 129 nominated parcels across various locations, including Pinedale. That came the same day as a protest from the Petroleum Association of Wyoming, which took issue with the diminished amount of parcels for sale. The BLM is offering less than a third of requested parcels in the sale later this month.

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