U.S.Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's announcement that oil and gas leasing on Bureau of Land Management lands is getting a comprehensive review has left Wyoming sportsmen and the oil and gas industry wondering what will happen next.
Wyoming Range outfitter Gary Amerine says he expects the value of land beyond its energy potential - whether that be oil and gas, or wind and solar - will be factored back into land use decisions.
Ann Morgan is a former B-L-M state director who is now with The Wilderness Society. She says the practice in recent years of relying on the oil and gas industry to recommend which areas should be developed, shows how the leasing program has lost sight of its responsibility to manage land for multiple values.
Oil and gas trade groups have blamed Salazar for the recent slowdown in production and layoffs, although local economists have pointed out that demand for those resources has dropped because of the recession.