These critics also believe that the practice of testing water before oil and gas development takes place makes sense because it would protect residents and oil and gas companies alike. It would also arm citizens, regulators, and oil and gas companies with the information necessary to determine if water contamination existed prior to any drilling. Richard Garrett, the legislative and energy advocate for the Wyoming Outdoor Council, has stated that “Groundwater is a fantastic resource — a gift that belongs to everyone in the state of Wyoming, and it is one that this generation inherited from our mothers, fathers and all of those that came before us. It is our duty and obligation as stewards to pay that gift forward to our children and every generation ahead.” It is a message he would like to see Mr. Doll take to heart.
Gasoline prices have been bellying up to the $4 per gallon bar as we near the presidential election. Is it a time again for chants of drill-baby-drill?
At the Global New Energy Summit in Colorado Springs last week, nobody actually came out and called that chant the political posturing that it was in the 2008 election. But a few came close as they worked through the many wrinkles of energy policy and politics, from hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to electrical transmission lines.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead has received a letter from the US Fish and Wildlife Service commending him and the Sage-Grouse Implementation Team for their commitment to conserving sage-grouse in Wyoming.
Governor Mead signed the Sage-Grouse Core Area Protection Executive Order on June 2nd. It updated an earlier Order, providing more flexibility. Governor Mead said, “There is an active effort to have the sage-grouse listed, but this Order reflects a state effort to develop a compromise acceptable to all sides. We need more of these state-led efforts to have a voice in protection of species and I appreciate the federal government’s acknowledgement of our efforts and support of this strategy.”