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5,000-well Wyoming oil and gas project gets green light; could create 8,000 jobs

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CASPER, Wyo. — The Bureau of Land Management have issued a decision allowing the development of 5,000 new oil and natural gas wells in Converse County.

“The project is expected to generate roughly 8,000 jobs and approximately $18 to $28 billion in federal revenues,” the BLM said in a Wednesday press release announcing the decision.

Governor Mark Gordon praised the decision.

“It establishes what has been my goal from the beginning– to provide actual year-round drilling opportunities,” Gordon said. “Providing companies the flexibility to make long-term, consistent plans that are not limited by a blanket drilling window makes a big difference in cost and efficiency.”

“This ROD (record of decision) sets the framework for hundreds of jobs for Wyoming and ensures proper safeguards for the protection of our wildlife in the project area. It is an example that oil and gas operations and wildlife can and do co-exist in Wyoming.”

Wyoming’s U.S. Senator Mike Enzi said the project could be a boost to Wyoming’s economiy.

“It is important that we continue the responsible development of our public lands so projects like this can strengthen our country and benefit the American people,” Enzi added.

Wyoming’s U.S. Senator John Barrasso also praised the decision.

“The Converse County Oil and Gas Project is estimated to bring thousands of jobs and substantial revenue to our state,” Barrasso said. It’s the result of years of hard work and collaboration at the local, state and federal level. I’m pleased we can finally get this important Wyoming energy project up and running.”

Wyoming’s U.S. Representative Liz Cheney said the project could help the state recover from impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are proud of our state’s fossil fuels and recognize that this project represents a much-needed source of jobs, tax revenue, and economic growth that will serve Wyoming families for generations to come,” Cheney added.

Development of the wells would still require site-specific review and approval before construction can begin.

The BLM’s decision and other documents related to the project are available online.

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