Pinedale, Wy – A federal environmental report predicts
changes to towns near the Jonah natural gas field in southwest
Wyoming if thousands of new wells are allowed to be drilled.
The Bureau of Land Management has issued its final environmental
analysis of the impacts of plans to drill several thousand new gas
wells in Jonah Field. It says people enjoying small-town life in
Pinedale, Big Piney and other communities will likely be troubled
by the influx of new people and the growth.
But an official with EnCana Oil and Gas says increases in crime,
school populations, traffic and noise already exist in communities
around Jonah from the gas boom.
He says any additional changes caused by the booming development
will be gradual.
The B-L-M plan is open for public comment through February 13th.
A final decision is expected this spring.