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EPA Wants Air Cleared on WYO Gas Development Push

April 19, 2007

There needs to be another option when it comes to the aggressive plans for natural gas development for the Pinedale Anticline. That's according to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Wyo. Department of Environmental Quality. Both agencies say a slower pace of development needs to be an alternative for the Bureau of Land Management. The report says the speed of proposed drilling would severely impact air and water quality, and wildlife habitat. Linda Baker with the Upper Green River Valley Coalition says that's exactly the point her group has been making.

"A reduced pace of development is a viable way to mitigate the severe impacts that we have seen on wildlife, air quality, and on towns such as Pinedale."

The same opinion has come from the state DEQ. A BLM spokesman says they will take a look to make sure they have provided adequate alternatives for dealing with pollution from accelerated drilling.

Baker notes that the current BLM plans don't include specific details on how pollution will be averted, or how declines in wildlife, already documented at 50 percent, will be halted and reversed.

"We need more security that there will be adequate protection for wildlife, and for air and for water quality."

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - WY