Drawn by the profits of nearby gasfields, oil and gas companies began lining up to turn the superb wildlife habitat of the Wyoming Range into rolling foothills of oil derricks, truck-filled roads, and pumping stations.
The high temperatures and dry weather, associated with climate change, have caused all sorts of havoc for farmers, and Christmas tree seedlings are especially vulnerable for it can take over a year for them to establish their roots.
Think your favorite recreation spot is protected from oil and gas drilling? Not necessarily. In fact, all public lands, including national parks and wildlife refuges, are potentially open to oil and gas leasing, except for areas specially designated as “Wilderness.”