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The Bridger-Teton National Forest has approved an oil and gas exploration project about 50 miles south of Jackson in the Wyoming Range. Environmental groups and ranchers were unable to reach agreement with the Bridger-Teton on objections.

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.

Contact Mike Koshmrl at 732-7067, or @JHNGenviro.

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