Backcountry Hunters and Anglers supports Wyoming Range conservation

Lummis panders to Big Oil

Editor:

An open letter to Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis:

Allow me to express my extreme disappointment over your efforts to pressure the Forest Service into allowing the destruction of the Noble Basin in the Wyoming Range by the oil industry.

Apparently the fact that tens of thousands of Wyoming residents from all walks of life want to see the Wyoming Range protected from development (more than 30,000 comments on the project) has little impact on your thinking given your constant pandering to Big Oil. I find it interesting that politicians like yourself boldly state that local people need to have more say in federal land management matters, except when those interests want to protect one of Wyoming's special places from development by your pals in the oil industry. Then the interests of the local folks are quickly forgotten.

Given the fact there are thousands of leases available to be developed in other areas, and that thousands of new wells are planned for existing fields in northwest Wyoming, the need for development in the north end of Wyoming Range is ludicrous. The people of Wyoming have made it abundantly clear that they want the Wyoming Range to be protected from oil development. Congresswoman, you have let us down. Your worn-out argument about the support of county commissioners falls short, as they have also failed to listen to their constituents.

Apparently you are one of those who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.

As one who has spent months in these mountains; hunting, fishing, packing, let me assure you the outstanding values of these mountains are well known to the people who live here and we want them protected.

BARRY REISWIG, Cody

Backcountry Hunters and Anglers