by Brett French, Billings Gazette
“Calling land exchanges a ‘purely discretional act,’ the Bureau of Land Management has decided once again not to pursue a land exchange with two of Montana’s largest private landowners, billionaire brothers Dan and Farris Wilks.
‘It just isn’t prudent for me to commit staff and time without knowing we could see it through to the end,’ said Mark Albers, manager of BLM’s Central Montana District in Lewistown.
Albers announced his decision to the district’s Resource Advisory Council during a meeting Tuesday in Great Falls. In a phone interview with The Gazette, Albers said he decided against pursuing the deal when he considered all of the priorities facing his office.