WPR News
9:52 am
Mon June 14, 2004

Over 300 Gas Wells Proposed For Desolation Flats

Rawlins, WY – The U-S Bureau of Land Management has put out a final document to guide use of an area in southern Sweetwater and Carbon counties. The plan allows for 385 new natural gas wells. Erik Molvar with Biodiversity Conservation Alliance says the plan does nothing to protect wildlife or the beauty of the land. Molvar says the B-L-M could have opted to allow directional drilling, which means any wells would be clustered. He says that would have been a way to allow gas development will still protecting the landscape and wildlife. Molvar says the agency chose not to even consider the directional drilling alternative. The are covers about 230 thousand acres and is habitat for sage grouse and elk as well as being home to part of the Adobe Town. The B-L-M is taking public comment on the final plan until June 27th.