BENEFITING: The Trust For Public Land
Home to magnificent mountains, vibrant forests, and clear rivers and streams, the Hoback Basin in the Wyoming Range is one of our country's richest natural treasures. Part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem—the largest intact temperate ecosystem in the northern hemisphere—the Hoback is a vital habitat for mule deer, elk, moose, and pronghorn antelope. It’s also home to the headwaters of the Wild and Scenic Hoback River.
An uncertain future
Generations of Americans have come here to fish, paddle, hike, or to simply enjoy Wyoming's backcountry. But the future of this unspoiled landscape is at risk, for beneath the Hoback lies a highly valued resource: natural gas. In the Hoback Basin alone, the Plains Exploration & Production Company (PXP), a Texas energy giant, holds oil and gas leases on 58,000 acres.
Don't frack the Hoback
Oil and natural gas are important businesses in Wyoming, but even industry veterans agree the Hoback is too precious to drill—a sentiment that has galvanized people from all walks of life to protect this special landscape. The 2009 signing of the Wyoming Range Legacy Act protected the Wyoming Range from future energy development, but it exempted preexisting leases and opened the door for PXP to file plans to drill 136 natural gas wells in the Hoback.
An opportunity and a deadline
After years of community activism, our chance has arrived to keep the Hoback wild and free forever. In partnership with The Wilderness Society, Wyoming Outdoor Council, American Rivers, and Citizens for the Wyoming Range, The Trust for Public Land has reached an agreement with PXP to buy and permanently retire the company’s oil and gas leases. But we have just 90 days—until December 31, 2012—to raise the funds we need. If we fail, the Hoback will again be at risk. We need your support.