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WYO Hunters and Anglers Prospect in DC

May 25, 2007

Local residents, conservation groups, hunters and anglers are in Washington this week to support a series of legislative proposals designed to balance recreation, hunting and fishing with new oil and gas development on Wyoming's public lands. The Sportsmen's Public Lands Energy Agenda would ensure any new energy development would also protect fish, wildlife and water resources.

Tom Reed is with Trout Unlimited in Wyoming.

"Certainly, oil and gas exploration is appropriate in some places, but we also want to have the best practice in place so that we go about it in a very careful and measured way."

Reed says they're not asking for the impossible, adding some oil and gas companies are making an effort to tread lightly on the land.

"We want to encourage every oil and gas company to follow the example of some of the real good stewards that are out there, that are doing good things."

Wildlife proponents say the BLM is under a directive to award as many leases as possible in the interest of increasing domestic oil and gas production. The new portsmen's Public Lands Energy Agenda includes several recommendations for legislation directing the Bureau of Land Management to strike a balance between wilderness and energy development.

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - WY