Colorado Plateau Projects

The Colorado Plateau is a diverse landscape that includes iconic places such as the Grand Canyon in Arizona, southern Utah’s national parks and monuments, Colorado’s western slope and much more.

Renewable energy development here must be balanced with protections for the region’s wild lands.

Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind

Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind is a large wind project proposed on public, private and state lands in southern Wyoming. The Wilderness Society is working with our conservation partners through the BLM permitting process to advocate for protections for wildlife habitat.

TransWest Express Transmission

TransWest Express Transmission is proposed to run from a large proposed wind project in south-central Wyoming to the Las Vegas area. The Wilderness Society is working through the permitting process to limit impacts and recommend the line carry primarily renewable energy.

Gateway West Transmission

Gateway West Transmission is proposed to run from southeastern Wyoming to western Idaho. The Wilderness Society is working to limit impacts. We are also pressing for answers to concerns that the proposed lines could increase fossil fuel-based power, and advocating that renewable energy have priority on the proposed lines.
 

  • Michael Reinemer

    Citing some of “the most beautiful and iconic landscapes on earth” in Teton County’s backyard, the board of commissioners Tuesday morning unanimously passed a resolution that “opposes any and all efforts by the State of Wyoming to obtain the wholesale transfer of federal lands in Wyoming” to the state. In January, Sweetwater County filed a letter with the state legislature stating similar opposition to measures that would turn over federal public lands—such as parks, wilderness, and national forests—to state jurisdiction and management.

  • Tim Woody

    In spite of Royal Dutch Shell’s disastrous performance during the 2012 Arctic Ocean drilling season, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management today conditionally approved the company’s 2015 exploration plan, which provides even fewer safeguards for the Chukchi Sea and its sensitive coastline than Shell had in place three years ago. Shell also plans to bring a different rig operated by a new contractor to the Arctic Ocean in 2015, which could result in unexpected transport and drilling problems.

  • Michael Reinemer

    The Wilderness Society strongly supports bipartisan legislation, the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2015 (S. 235, H.R. 167), to fix a budgetary problem called “fire borrowing.”  This is a destructive cycle in which the Forest Service is forced to take funds from other forest programs when its allotted wildfire funds are used up, essentially robbing Peter to pay Paul to put out fires in our national forests.