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by Environment & Energy Daily on March 15, 2011

Reprinted in full here with permission from Environment & Energy Publishing, LLC. www.eenews.net.

By Scott Streater, E&E reporter

A voluntary agreement by a Houston-based energy company to scale back a drilling project in the Bridger-Teton National Forest and win public support for the proposal appears to have galvanized opposition to it.

The U.S. Forest Service has received nearly 40,000 written comments since it released a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) in December of Plains Exploration & Production Co.’s (PXP) proposal to drill as many as 136 natural gas wells on 17 well pads across a roughly 20,000-acre section of the southwest Wyoming national forest. The public comment period ended on Friday.

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