At his bi-monthly media conference Thursday, Governor Dave Freudenthal said his discussions with Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey were positive and should help to move two important issues forward: coal leasing and state lands in Grand Teton National Park. The Governor and Director Abbey toured a coal mine in Campbell County and oil & gas operations in Carbon County Wednesday.
Freudenthal hopes to have a proposal drafted, within 30 days, that would resolve the long-standing issue of state school sections within Grand Teton National Park. Freudenthal said that the likely sticking point on the state land issue will be money.
Freudenthal says he was pleased with the quick turnaround in regards to President Barack Obama signing the disaster declaration for Fremont County.
Freudenthal said that he didn't want to speculate if they would receive enough funding to cover the $7.5 million in damage that occurred, because additional documentation that has to be provided.