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By Dustin Bleizeffer
Wyofile.com 

BLM pulls 264 parcels from oil and gas lease sale over sage grouse concerns

 

November 11, 2021

Bill Sincavage

A male sage grouse struts on a Wyoming lek in April 2020.

Wyoming will see a federal oil and gas lease sale in early 2022 due to a federal court ruling that ended the Biden administration's 2021 moratorium. But the size of the lease sale will be much smaller than industry, and state leaders, hoped for.

The Bureau of Land Management will defer 264 lease parcels initially considered for the sale, it said, and will instead offer a total 195 parcels.

The parcels struck from the sale represent about 382,882 acres of Priority Habitat Management Areas for greater sage grouse, according to BLM Wyoming. The decision to defer is rooted in Obama-era federal...



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