Laramie, Wyoming – A federal study says increased natural gas
drilling in western Wyoming may cause air pollution in Yellowstone
and Grand Teton national parks and surrounding wilderness areas.
The Bureau of Land Management this week released a supplemental
air quality study on its proposal to allow 31-hundred new natural
gas wells in Sublette County. It says the cumulative effects of
more drilling will likely lead to haze above acceptable threshold
levels in the national parks in the early stages of drilling.
Besides the two national parks, the haze from the Jonah Infill
Drilling Project will affect Bridger, Popo Agie, Fitzpatrick, Teton
and Washakie wilderness areas, and the Wind River roadless area.
Grand Teton could have eight days of haze, and Yellowstone could
The B-L-M is expected to release a final drilling plan later
The Jonah Field is about 32 miles southeast of Pinedale.