- Associated Press - Monday, May 8, 2017

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The president of the Wyoming Senate says the chances that Wyoming will take over federal land anytime soon are “pretty remote.”

The idea has gained traction recently in other Western states, including Utah. But Republican Eli Bebout of Riverton says he’s not a fan of Wyoming suing for control of federal land because the process would be drawn out and unlikely to get good results.

Bebout tells KGAB Radio in Cheyenne (https://bit.ly/2qTwu1E ) the federal government should speed up permitting for oil drilling and other development on federal land.

Bebout says he’s hopeful that will happen under the new Republican presidential administration.

But he says Wyoming remains at a competitive disadvantage with states where most oil and gas drilling occurs on private land with fewer environmental regulations.

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