Wyoming is becoming quite the popular state when it comes to oil, gas and mineral production. This past fiscal year the Interior Department collected $11.16 billion from energy production on public lands and offshore areas. That total is almost $2 billion more than last years total. In shared revenues, out of the total $11.16 billion Wyoming received $971 million.
The Interior Department must abide by deadline laws in the Mineral Leasing Act. U.S. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal ruled that the Interior Department must issue or deny oil and gas leases within 60 days of selling them at auction.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official Daniel Ashe will travel to Wyoming within the next thirty days to discuss wolf management according to Senator John Barasso. The Wyoming republican senator announced on Tuesday that the Interior Department officials will meet with Governor Matt Mead and other Wyoming officials regarding ongoing wolf delisting negotiations.
The following is a press release from the Office of Governor Matt Mead. The release is in regards to a request that former Governor Dave Freudenthal made last October to the U.S. Department of Interior. Governor Mead is now reminding the agency that it is overdue in responding.