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Environmentalists sue feds for information

November 15, 2018

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — An environmental group is suing the federal government for information about a proposed 5,000-well oil and gas project in central Wyoming.

Western Watersheds Project filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Idaho, arguing that it had requested public information from the Bureau of Land Management regarding endangered species that could be affected by the proposed oil and gas activity northeast of Casper.

The group says that its original public records request was made in October 2017. According to Western Watersheds, the BLM missed the 20-day deadline for a response and the agency’s Washington, D.C., headquarters then ignored multiple emails from the group.

A BLM spokeswoman tells the Casper Star-Tribune the agency couldn’t comment on ongoing litigation.

The environmental group says it hopes the lawsuit will force the BLM to meet its request.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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