A firefighter works on the Robinson Fire outside Buffalo during a recent night operation as the West prepares for an active wildfire season.
Order prevents drilling and ground disturbance on 449 oil and gas leases covering 334,762 acres in Wyoming until BLM resolves shortcomings in Trump-era approval.
Generations of ranchers in semi-arid SE Wyoming have relied on precious springs and creeks. They worry proposed new high-capacity water wells will ruin their legacy.
Years after a statewide effort to reach a compromise, the senator introduced legislation that would provide some safeguards for about 32% of lands it considers, leading conservationists to oppose its passage.
Decision will trim the award by an arbitration panel to Thermopolis area rancher Josh Longwell by $205,483.