Geothermal energy is a form of renewable energy and the Wyoming Outdoor Council supports responsible development of this energy resource. Like all kinds of development, the Wyoming Outdoor Council would advocate that it be done right and in the right places. We believe some places would be inappropriate for geothermal development, including the Yellowstone National Park area. Any such development in or near Yellowstone could threaten important national treasures such as geysers, mudpots, and other geothermal features in the Park. The Wyoming Outdoor Council would vigorously oppose any proposals that might threaten these resources.
In 2008 the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service finalized a national environmental analysis that governs geothermal leasing on all federal lands. You can view that document by clicking here. The Wyoming Outdoor Council provided input to the agencies during the development of this document and urged protection for the resources in the Greater Yellowstone area.