GYC and partners protect important lands around wildlife refuge

GYC and partners have succeeded in protecting critical areas adjacent to an Idaho wildlife refuge from oil and gas drilling!

Just over 800 acres of land near Grey’s Lake National Wildlife Refuge are safe from drilling for now, thanks to a protest both GYC and The Wilderness Society filed on December 20, 2017.

 BLM parcel withdrawn from oil and gas lease sale marked by red balloon 

BLM parcel withdrawn from oil and gas lease sale marked by red balloon 

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently withdrew the 836-acre parcel for an upcoming oil and gas lease sale in response to our concerns. GYC and The Wilderness Society had advised BLM that the agency hadn’t taken a hard look at the consequences, or analyzed fracking or what climate change will bring – all in violation of established environmental laws. We also noted their decision to lease in the first place wasn’t consistent with local Idaho and Montana plans on Greater Sage-grouse, also a violation of law.

We’re pleased that BLM listened to our concerns. They’re doing the right thing. But this isn’t over yet. BLM will be doing further analysis on how they can legally lease this parcel.

We’ll keep you posted about how this plays out. Thank you, BLM, for doing the right thing. And thank you to our supporters and partners for helping us hold the agencies in Greater Yellowstone accountable.

-- Allison Michalski, Idaho Conservation Associate