By Molly Messick
Laramie, WY – The University of Wyoming's American Heritage Center is beginning an oral history project about the recent energy boom in Sublette County. Leslie Waggener is an archivist with the center's Alan K. Simpson Institute. She says the project will take a broad look at the dynamics and effects of rapid energy development in the area.
"From all different aspects - we're looking at it from environmental, social, economic. Just anything that pertains to that impact in Sublette County."
Waggener says the goal is to interview about 40 people, from energy industry executives to local officials, school teachers and local healthcare providers. The interviews and transcripts will be kept at the American Heritage Center and will be available online. There will also be two public forums when the project is complete next year, one in Pinedale and one at U-W. The effort is funded by the Wyoming Humanities Council and the university's School of Energy Resources.