Enough is enough

Enough wells on Bridger-Teton

Published: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 6:05 PM MST
Letter to the Editor:

An open letter to Ms. Buchanan and Governor Matt Mead

I have been reading with interest the latest developments on the proposed 136 well gas development in the upper Hoback River drainage proposed by Plains Petroleum Exploration. My concerns with this latest gas development project in the Bridger-Teton National Forest are many of the same issues that were raised in passage of the Wyoming Range Legacy Act.

How many more gas development projects are we going to have to fight that are targeting the mountain ranges of western Wyoming?

Even with all the safeguards in place for the gas development project, the risks are too great to allow a major gas field in the middle of the forest.

These risks cover the entire range of environmental issues (Hoback River water issues, air quality in the Hoback basin, surface impacts due to new road development and gas well development on unstable, steep terrain, wildlife impacts, etc.-etc.).

This is the public's forest. The State of Wyoming and the forest service must draw a line in the sand (and the forest!!) on new gas development in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. The Forest Service must support alternative E; the buyout option to retire the leases.

Due to the fact that the buyout option is voluntary, the Forest Service must issue a revised Draft Environmental Impact Statement to provide for stronger environmental controls on the development. These would include scaling back the size of the development or a phasing in of the gas well field.

Phillip Luzmoor