U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, John Barrasso and Congresswoman Liz Cheney, all R-Wyo., sent a letter urging the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to finalize its environmental review process of the Converse County Oil and Gas Project in Wyoming as quickly as possible.
Noting that oil and gas production is a cornerstone of Wyoming’s economy and a primary driver of growth in local communities, the letter highlighted the overwhelming positive benefits of the project to the state.
“The BLM estimates that the Converse County Oil and Gas Project (CCOGP) would bring approximately 8,000 new jobs to our state and up to $28 billion in revenues and economic activity,” the Wyoming delegation wrote. “The timely consideration of this project is vital to our state, local communities, and the energy security of the entire nation.”
The letter encouraged the BLM to issue a final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the project that takes into account recent executive and secretarial orders from the Trump Administration that provide updated guidance on domestic energy production. The delegation also noted the importance of issuing clear guidance to allow year-round development to maximize economic benefits of the project while minimizing disturbance to wildlife habitats.
According to the BLM, the project has the potential to contribute about 94 million barrels of oil and 5.8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas to America’s independent energy reserves.
Click here to read the letter.