Wyoming governor and energy operators decry permitting delays

Gov. Mark Gordon sent a letter to the Biden administration on Wednesday criticizing a recent order that he says severely hampers oil and gas development and threatens Wyoming’s economic well-being.

In a letter sent Wednesday to the Interior Department’s acting secretary, Gordon said Wyoming’s oil and gas operators faced long delays in obtaining permits and other approvals needed to continue operations on existing federal leases.

Jan. 20 secretarial order issued by the acting secretary of the Interior requires top federal officials to approve all leases, permits and other applications submitted by oil and gas operators.