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The Wyoming Range is listed in a new report featuring areas deemed “Too Wild to Drill,” issued by The Wilderness Society. The Wyoming Range Legacy Act protects most of the area from oil and gas development, but there are close to 45-thousand acres on the Front Range that could still be leased, and the Forest Service is expected to make a decision this fall. Steff Kessler with The Wilderness Society in Wyoming says it’s her hope that the Forest Service cancels the leases out of respect for the work done by Wyomingites to keep the Range off the development list.  Kessler says,” Wyoming people have been speaking very loudly and clear about this for many, many years – in opposition to drilling along the Front Range, where these leases are located”.  The leases have been in limbo since 2005. There are five energy companies interested in drilling, and promoting the possibility as a job creator and a way to meet domestic energy needs. Meanwhile, the Forest Service issued a decision in 2011 to cancel the leases, but then decided to take more time to study benefits and impacts after two energy companies appealed.

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