Cheyenne, Wy – Governor Dave Freudenthal is calling on Wyoming's congressional delegation to put a stop to possible drilling in the Wyoming Range. The area is targeted for oil and gas drilling and opponents say it will hurt hunting and ruin one of the state's pristine areas. Freudenthal says there is only so much the state can do. He says it will require a bill from congress, most likely from Senator Thomas, who is a ranking member on such issues. Freudenthal says there is a lot of opposition to the proposed drilling in Wyoming.
Laramie, Wy – A top researcher says that Sage Grouse continues to struggle in areas with energy development. David Naugle is a University of Montana Researcher who is studying impacts of energy development in the Powder River Basin. He says Sage Grouse within Coalbed Methane development areas do much worse then those who reside outside the area. Naugle adds that offspring are also much fewer. Naugle is calling on experts to work with industry officials, so that they can be involved with best practices to protect Sage Grouse.
Rawlins, Wy – The Bureau of Land Management is touting its final decision of a coalbed methane project in Carbon County. The B-L-M says the Atlantic Rim project will heat nearly 20 million homes a year and should generate over six billion dollars in royalties while at the same time offering protections for wildlife and reduced impacts to the drilling area. The Wyoming Outdoor Council's Steve Jones thinks the B-L-M has done some things that will help the environment, but he is disappointed that the B-L-M shows little concern over some mud pots that have appeared in the area.
Casper, Wy – Casper is on track to triple its capacity to treat people for drug and alcohol abuse. Organizers broke ground today for a 95-bed addition to the Central Wyoming Counseling Center. Wyoming Health Department's Rodger McDaniel says the project is the result of years of work by several Casper residents. "I think the real lesson in Casper is that when a community recognizes the need, and steps up to partner with the state and local government to get the job done, they can find a way to do it that works in their community."