These natural gas wells are a movement into a new area; one that is scenic, wildlife rich and where people live. As such it is causing a lot of controversy in the area south of Jackson Hole.

Part of it is in a national forest roadless area too (Grayback IRA).

Hoback wells process frustrates opponents. Rancher: ‘Are we just spitting in the wind?’ By Corey Hatch. Jackson Hole News and Guide.

 
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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

4 Responses to Gas wells to be drilled upset local residents of Hoback area

  1. Oh dear! You mean rich people will be affected by this soon? Well we better darn tootin’ do something about it then!

    Seriously, I don’t have the numbers, but that “400 acre” initial disturbance will be spread out over a lot more area than that, making it relatively useless to the local large ungulates (see the Pinedale Anticline mule deer study).

    I heard the “they have existing leases, so they’re going to drill” explanation all the time in Rawlins. Why bother even having wildlife biologists, then? It sickens me when administrations (state, local, beurocratic, federal… etc) talk about basing management on “the best science”.

    It’s a flat out lie. How do you combat such blatent flipping-off of the public and their interests?

  2. avatar Monty says:

    At this point the only thing we can do is write letters & I have done that. It is inconceviable what we are doing to the land in the name of civilization. Everything is up for grabs!

  3. avatar steve c says:

    I guess wyoming gets what wyoming deserves for voting republican…

  4. avatar Monte says:

    You mean if we all vote democrat the drilling will stop?

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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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