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Wyomingites Show Support for Gulf Coast – Hands Across the Sand

June 25, 2010

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Land-locked Wyomingites will be joining hands tomorrow at noon to show support for coastal communities impacted by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. It's part of the international Hands Across the Sand promotion. Locals will participate by lining up along Ocean Lake near Riverton at noon.

Barb Gorges, with the Cheyenne-High Plains Audubon Society, is organizing the event as part of a birding outing. She recognizes that oil is a sensitive topic in Wyoming.

"We know where our paychecks are coming from around here, but, you know, I think maybe we need to find some other options."

Some of those joining hands across the country will be calling for an end to all offshore drilling, and others will share different views - all to be respected. Gorges says even the push for renewable energy needs to be respectful of the environment.

"Wind turbines along utility corridors, highways; solar arrays on roofs and over parking lots, places that have already been affected by development."

More than 700 events are planned nationwide, and in 20 countries. Perhaps ironically, the original Hands Across the Sand was held in Florida in February, coordinated by a restaurant owner and surfer who was concerned about what would happen if a huge oil spill hit the Gulf Coast. Those interested in the bird outing should meet at 8:00 a.m. at Lander City Park for the bird outing, while the hands event will be at noon.


Deb Courson, Public News Service - WY