Purchase could impact county

A historic land purchase Wyoming’s top officials are interested in pursuing could involve nearly 1,000 square miles of surface land in Sweetwater County.

Last week, Gov. Mark Gordon announced the state was interested in buying land and mineral rights throughout southern Wyoming from Occidental Petroleum, which had acquired the land through its 2019 purchase of Anadarko Petroleum.

The land was originally granted to the Union Pacific Railroad during construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, creating a checkerboard of land sections and giving UP odd sections of land 20 miles on each side of...


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