Wind Lease Rules Proposed For Wyoming Trust Lands

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The state office charged with managing Wyoming trust lands is taking public comment on its proposed rules for wind development leasing. Written comments are due to the Office of State Lands and Investments on Monday. The office plans public hearings in mid-March in Casper, Green River, Rawlins and Cheyenne.

The office manages about 3.6 million acres of state land for beneficiaries, including public schools. The new rules are for developers seeking to lease state land for wind farms. They specify that wind rights are unseverable from the surface estate. The rules also require that developers notify existing leaseholders, such as grazing interests, of their wind lease application. They also set a process for surface impact payments to existing leaseholders and the state.

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