Multiple tribes protest drilling of 5,000 oil and gas wells in Wyoming | Energy Journal

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Yet, the southern Powder River Basin carries significant meaning for over a dozen tribes with extensive history in the region.

The colonization of the area by white settlers displaced Indigenous people onto reservations in the 19th century, severing them from their land. But cultural resources and sacred sites in the region remain. Multiple treaties also grant tribes rights to the land. Rivers within the project area serve as an important water source for the Oglala Sioux Tribe, among other tribes of the Sioux Nation.

Many tribal members said they fear the worst for the land, headwaters and cultural history in the region if drilling occurs at the scale proposed by the team of operators.

The BLM’s record of decision approves the construction of up to 5,000 oil and natural gas wells, 1,500 multi-well pads and hundreds of miles of gas and water pipelines, along with roads, electrical lines and other infrastructure on federal leases in the Powder River Basin. The operator group plans to use a variety of drilling techniques within the 1.5 million acre project area, cutting through federal, state and private minerals. About 53,000 acres, or 3.5% of the total area, are expected to sustain surface disturbance.

Wyoming lawmakers have expressed sustained and ardent support for the Converse County oil and gas project. It promises to bring up to 8,000 jobs and $18 billion to $28 billion in state and federal revenue, at a time when Wyoming’s fiscal outlook is dark.