Funds from overturned oil and gas lease sales have already been disbursed for school kids, elderly, disabled and those “below the poverty line,” Wyoming said.
Big game conservation techniques developed in Wyoming preceded national policy shifts that now see national opposition.
State management of federal environmental reviews would ignore the interests of millions of Americans and guarantee a flood of court battles.
Laws put responsibility for analysing impacts of projects on federal lands in federal hands, those who know the process say.
Governor, acting Secretary of the Interior Bernhardt and Legislature mull state taking the reins of NEPA process management on federal lands.