Oil drilling wins OK in Wyoming Range

A Casper-based energy company has no more hurdles to clear before exploring 8 square miles of the Wyoming Range’s Cottonwood Creek area for deposits of oil and gas.

The project, known as the “Lander Peak proposal,” has cleared the Bridger-Teton National Forest’s approval process, which means pipeline and road construction and drilling could begin as early as this year. Four “objectors” to the plan were left dissatisfied with the decision, but Bridger-Teton officials say their complaints improved the project’s final form.