WPR News
6:05 pm
Tue May 25, 2010

Union group takes stance on environment

Laramie, WY – A number of union workers in Wyoming say they believe that excessive oil and gas drilling will actually cost the state jobs. Kim Floyd of the AFL-CIO says his membership has become more active against some drilling projects, because they believe the state could lose outdoor opportunities. Floyd understands that some people find it strange that the AFL-CIO opposes some efforts by the state's largest employer. But he adds that without recreation opportunities few people will want to live here,
"Our message is: you can't have it all. We can't stand back and let them drill every bit of Wyoming. It will ruin our tourism and the reason a lot of people work in Wyoming."
Floyd says if tourism and recreation are harmed it will also cost the state money and eventually jobs.