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Drilling "Change of Heart" in Western Wyoming?

August 15, 2007

'Too much, too fast' has become a super majority opinion on plans to add thousands of new natural gas wells in the Pinedale area. An analysis of public comments shows 99 percent want restrictions on drilling. Linda Baker with the Upper Green River Valley Coalition says it's become more than just a conservation issue, the drilling boom has become an infrastructure and services issue. She says that's why even many who used to support aggressive development have changed their minds.

"It creates a lot of problems for our sheriff's department, our clinic, our one grocery store, roads and sewer system."

Baker notes that ranchers and sportsmen have also been vocal in trying to slow down the pace of drilling because the projects kick them off public land. Oil and gas companies say the economic benefits can pay for infrastructure improvements.

Baker points out that the governor, the town of Pinedale, Sublette County and even the Environmental Protection Agency have raised concerns about the drilling boom.

"Now that we've had this unexpected pace and level of development, people are starting to understand that the impacts are greater than the BLM ever analyzed."

Deborah Smith/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - WY