Mike— I'm going to mix it up with you on this, mate.
I actually collected air pollution data in the Wind Rivers for seven years, then sat on a Wyoming air quality panel (as public interest rep) for years after that. So I've heard the industry reps and lawyers whine about too many regulations: that's how they earn their fat salaries. After spending a great many unpaid hours listening to lies and evasions, I got disgusted by the reluctance of the Wyoming DEQ to actually do anything, and the spineless behavior of the FS and BLM.
Meanwhile, in this allegedly over-regulated environment, Pinedale, in one of the least-populated areas of the lower 48, has been subject to several air quality alerts— ozone, hazardous to health, keep children indoors, etc. Air worse than LA. That takes some doing.
And the drilling corps has been doing it. (While quite a few of the major bastards, like Nabors, have set up offices offshore to avoid paying US taxes.)
While the BLM might appear to have some control on paper, on the ground they lack the qualified field employees to regulate much of anything. Most of the funding goes to processing more drilling permits and there's not much left for monitoring or enforcement. Cheney helped shove it this way: he knows the business, the skunk.
I was born in Wyoming and love it, and the diggers and drillers and sellers are tearing out the heart and dancing in the puddles of blood. Things work pretty much the same in Utah.
You have a perfect right to believe what you like. My experience argues otherwise.