CHEYENNE - The attempt to protect parts of the Wyoming Range and the Snake River in Wyoming is likely dead for the year in Congress.
The two provisions are contained in a massive lands bills that supporters say has apparently fallen victim to a filibuster threat in the U.S. Senate.
Still, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., said Friday evening that he intends to fight for the public-lands package when the Senate reconvenes in a lame-duck session on Monday.
The bill would have prohibited any new oil and gas leasing, mining patents or geothermal leasing in a 100-mile-long stretch of the Bridger-Teton National Forest in western Wyoming. It would also protect 387 miles of rivers and streams in the Snake River drainage under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.