In the Owl Creek drainage near Thermopolis, where a rancher and the Game and Fish Department have clashed over wildlife, officials hope an early hunt will protect a wild herd from disease-bearing livestock.
Wyoming submitted its bid for Occidental Petroleum’s 1 million acres of land and 4 million mineral acres July 10. Officials haven’t heard any news, they said this week. One called the silence worrying.
Agreement with the EPA would resolve claims the fertilizer company violated waste and community-protection laws. Simplot would change operations, monitor groundwater and devise a $126-million closure plan.