An environmental specialist raised worries that the Converse County Oil and Gas project would upset raptor breeding and nesting, his defenders say.
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.
Competition for survival among PRB mines will only become more intense, according to a study, and will limit disclosure of future plans that would help communities prepare.