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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Barrasso, R-Wyo., has secured a significant victory for one of
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted to pass Barrasso’s “Wyoming Range Legacy Act of 2008,” S. 2229, during a business meeting. The bill now awaits consideration by the full Senate.
“I made a promise to the people of
Barrasso’s bill is supported by Senator Mike Enzi, Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal, and a broad coalition of
S. 2229 will protect more than 1.2 million acres of the
The bill allows the remaining leases to be voluntarily purchased, presumably by conservation groups, in order to retire the leases.
The bill provides protection for property rights of existing and valid leases. It does not cancel any existing leases from future production.
There are approximately 4,300 producing oil and gas wells in the three counties covered by the legislation, and a proposal for up to 4,399 additional wells. These wells will not be affected by the bill.