The Jonah gas field is huge. It sits in the Green River Basin between the two splendid mountains ranges, the Wind Rivers and the Wyoming Range. It also damages winter range in the Basin.

This area had pristine air just several years back, but the “in-fill,” i.e., filling in of Jonah, may push the air quality below the EPA’s standard for particulates (grit in the air). This would be illegal, not just in Wyoming, but anywhere in the country where the air has always been cleaner than the minimum standards.

If it becomes a “non-attainment” area, Sublette County, WY would also have to forgo other types of development if they release any emissions at all.

Story in the 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 past President of the Western Watersheds Project and the creator of The Wildlife News.

2 Responses to Wilderness Society predicts "in-fill" of the giant Jonah gas field will degrade formerly pristine air beyond EPA Standards

  1. avatar Rick Hammel says:

    My question is why do people have to be put at risk, while EPS gathers data for three years. By the time this issue winds its way through the courts, people could well have died from the particulate poisoning. I would think the county health department should have a say in public health and be able to curtail this sort of activity until techology catches up and there is no public health risk. The risk is being forecast. Shouldn’t the BLM be prudent and stop this project, or is it going to be left up to the courts?

  2. avatar Alan Gregory says:

    Amazing that the concept of “zero” pollution remains off the radar screen. Instead, the EPA sets standards for “minimum” levels of pollution. The degradation of the public commons – the atmosphere – continues.



‎"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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