WPR News
9:10 am
Fri January 11, 2008

State Geologists Warns of Greater Energy Demand

Casper, WY – The state geologist says Wyoming will soon be tangled in the nation's energy crisis.

Speaking at the governor's growth conference, Ron Surdam said the United States is as dependent on Wyoming energy as it is on OPEC countries.

With surging demand, he says the value of the state's energy will quickly increase. But he adds that will put tremendous pressure on Wyoming to produce more.

"If were going to plan and get ready for this, we need to do it now," Surdam said. "We are simply running out of time. And we should, with our energy portfolio, have the resources to do it," he added.

Surdam cited government predictions that parts of the west will suffer from rolling brownouts and blackouts as soon as next year.