Teaser: Environmental groups urge the Interior Department to heed the threat of climate change when finalizing a new plan for almost 800,000 acres in Wyoming.
Wyoming produced an estimated 75 million barrels oil in 2014 — a 20 percent year-to-year increase. But the dramatic drop in price is expected to drag production down in 2015.
The sale includes parcels located in Big Horn, Converse, Crook, Fremont, Goshen, Hot Springs, Johnson, Natrona, Niobrara, Park, Washakie and Weston counties in Wyoming.
Deadly fires and explosions occur too often in the oil and gas industry, according to some workplace safety proponents — a particular concern as drilling continues to encroach on populated areas.
The project consists of drilling up to 5,000 new oil and gas wells on 1,500 well pads over a 10-year period. The BLM is preparing an environmental impact statement to analyze the impacts associated with the project.