10 October 2012 Wyoming Wildlife Saved From Drilling in Upper Hoback! Posted by: John Motsinger | 4 comments | Share: The Upper Hoback of the Wyoming Range is part of a vital wildlife corridor for many species, including the imperiled Canada lynx. It’s been almost a year since we heard about the U.S. Forest Service’s plan to allow oil and gas drilling in the Upper Hobackregion of the Wyoming Range, but the wait was well worth it. We learned on Friday that PXP, the oil company proposing to drill 136 new wells in a critical wildlife corridor, agreed to sell their leases and forego the project entirely! This is a major victory for the broad coalition known as The Citizens for the Wyoming Range, which has been battling the environmentally damaging proposal for more than a year and a half. With the help of the Trust for Public Land, the coalition negotiated a buyout of all of PXP’s existing drilling leases throughout the entire Bridger-Teton National Forest, and the leases will be retired forever. That means the myriad species that use the forest–deer, elk, moose, bears, bobcats, pronghorn antelope, lynx and more–can finally breathe a sigh of relief. Defenders played an important role in raising awareness of the disastrous drilling proposal. By sending out alerts to our members, we were able to help generate more than 60,000 comments in opposition to the proposal. Further, Defenders expert David Gaillard led an independent effort to document wildlife that travel through the Upper Hoback region. He set up remote cameras to photograph all the species that would be at risk of losing vital habitat if drilling was allowed to occur. See a photo slideshow of his trip to setup the cameras, as well as the video below summarizing what he found: Tragically, Dave died at the end of last year in a ski accident, so it only feels right to dedicate this incredible win for wildlife to all his hard work. And thanks to all Defenders supporters for helping to make this a lasting part of Dave’s legacy! Read more about Defenders efforts to protect wildlife in our national forests. 4 Responses to “Wyoming Wildlife Saved From Drilling in Upper Hoback!” Gertie November 3rd, 2012 YEAH!!!!:-):-):-) Down with fracking!! Good riddance PXP!! Gertie November 3rd, 2012 Thanks for all your hard work and dedication,Dave!! Bless your heart!! Rest In Peace! Maggie Frazier November 3rd, 2012 Congratulations on overcoming the fracking situation in this area. A win for the wildlife! I am curious – does Defenders ever become involved in the wild horse situation? Regardless of the of the story bandied about that the wild horses are “feral” – these animals were here before we were – and were reintroduced once again. They are as much wildlife as the bobcats, elk, wolves & other animals. My feelings are that they have as much right to live in their herd management areas and to live free from the harassment of the BLM & other groups that are attempting to eradicate them. There are many many individuals or groups that have attempted to educate the DOI & BLM regarding the good that the horses do – as opposed to the tactics of the people who want to be rid of them. Would it be possible for Defenders to at least look into this situation before the horses are completely wiped out? You have done so much for other animals – the horses deserve better than they are getting. Thank you Maggie Frazier Windsor NY Maggie Frazier November 3rd, 2012 Just watched the pictures from the cameras set up & they were great! Thanks so much for what you all do! Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Helicopter gunning kills 23 wolves in Idaho; Urge Secretary Jewell to abandon gray wolf delisting proposal — Call your representative by March 14; Washington wildlife agency urged to end support for abolishing federal wolf protections; The latest on Governor Otter’s wolf control board. Two Too Many Development Projects in the Ivanpah Valley While these projects most definitely directly impact a species that has been identified as threatened and is dependent on the habitat where they would be built, Silver State South and Stateline’s approval is most troubling for a bigger reason. You see, this isn’t just an issue for the Ivanpah Valley. Developers and agencies need to be conscious of how and where they plan energy projects all across the country. They need to look at renewable energy planning with a landscape-wide lens, understanding that building in the right places and making an effort to minimize environmental impacts from the start are essential. California’s Rim Fire: Opportunities Rise from the Ashes After California’s devastating Rim Fire, will officials take the opportunity to give nature a chance to fully recover?