It’s entirely plausible, guest columnist Wallesch opines, that leasing pause may actually reveal opportunities for Wyoming.
Leasing pause leads BLM to postpone first-quarter auction of hundreds of parcels across the state.
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.
With oil and gas prices at an all-time low, the BLM continues putting public lands out for bid to an industry that is in an economic tailspin, writes guest columnist Franz Camenzind, even as COVID-19 inhibits public participation.
Budd says rig activity is not shifting to core habitat, despite spikes in leases and permits. The rate of drilling there, however, has doubled.