Yellowstone/Greater Rockies

Fall 2004

Drilling halted in critical Rocky Mountain habitat

After BioGems Defenders sent 30,000 messages protesting a plan to open Montana's Rocky Mountain Front to drilling, the Bureau of Land Management halted the permitting process for drilling natural gas wells in the Front's Blackleaf area. In addition, a big outcry from activists helped persuade the BLM to suspend a plan to offer leases for oil and gas drilling in more than 125,000 acres in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, home to grizzly bears, wolves and cutthroat trout.