Grand Hogback – Oil & Gas
The Grand Hogback boasts pristine wildlife habitat, outstanding recreational opportunities, and has been identified by the BLM as an area with wilderness characteristics. There are many inactive oil and gas leases that, if drilled, would alter the landscape, fragment wildlife habitat, and increase the region's emissions. Although the leases are currently not in use, they still harm the landscape. The mere presence of existing leases makes it difficult for the BLM to best protect and manage the Grand Hogback, along with its recreational opportunities, like beloved mountain biking trail systems. The existing leases leave the area prone to future drilling, and threaten recreation, the recreation-bolstered economy, and wildlife habitat.