Wyoming BLM Fails to Analyze Climate Impacts of Oil and Gas, Yet Again

SOURCE:  climatewest.org


Last week, Guardians submitted comments on Interior Secretary Zinke’s and the Wyoming Bureau of Land Management’s proposal to hold two oil and gas lease sales in March of next year.

Instead of turning over a new leaf in 2018, the Wyoming BLM is planning to giveaway 125,000+ acres of public land for fracking in the Wind River/Bighorn Basin District (northwestern Wyoming) and 48,000+ acres in the High Plains District (eastern Wyoming).  Not surprisingly, based on the draft environmental analysis, Wyoming fails again to fully analyze the climate change impacts from the lease sales.

The Wyoming BLM continues to refuse to analyze the cumulative climate impacts even when the lease sales are occurring at the same time and in the same state (not to mention the 1 million plus acres leased in the West 2017).  And, Wyoming continually touts the benefits of oil and gas while failing to even attempt to look at the social costs of releasing more carbon into our atmosphere (a requirement that two courts recently re-affirmed).

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  1. Their voting on horse slaughter amendments make sure your calling Congress and telling them No horse slaughter period, n9 killing wild horses period.


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  3. From Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)

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    Surface disposal of water produced by oil and gas drilling is forbidden in the Eastern U.S. but allowed in the arid West for purposes of “agricultural or wildlife propagation,” in the words of the governing federal regulation. Thus, the “produced water,” as it is called, must be “of good enough quality to be used for wildlife or livestock watering or other agricultural uses.”
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    DOI Royalty Policy Committee Does Not Include Any Taxpayer Advocates
    September 01, 2017

    Today Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced the appointees to the newly reformed Royalty Policy Committee. In March, Secretary Zinke issued a new charter for the Committee and solicited nominees through early July. Among the nominees was Taxpayers for Common Sense, president, Ryan Alexander.

    In response to the announcement Alexander issued the following statement:
    “The fair and accurate collection of royalties is vitally important to ensuring taxpayers receive the revenues they are due from the natural resources we all own. For decades, federally owned resources, managed by the Department of Interior, have been inadequately valued and royalties have been under collected, shortchanging taxpayers of billions of dollars in valuable revenue.
    I am disappointed that neither I nor any other taxpayer advocate was appointed to the Committee. A committee dedicated to reviewing the policies that determine if taxpayers are fairly compensated for our assets should include an advocate dedicated to taxpayers. We hope the new committee will put aside their private or professional interests and put the nation’s resource owners-federal taxpayers- first.”

    The first meeting for the Committee is scheduled for October 4th and is open to the public.



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