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Drilling for gas on The Mesa (Pinedale Anticline). Pinedale, WY and Wind River Mountains in the background. Photo by Ralph Maughan.

One well takes up a fair amount of space and disturbance. Over 3000 wells are planned in the Green River Basin beneath these mountains.

 
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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.

2 Responses to Photo of a WY gas well. Thousands are underway in the area

  1. avatar Alan says:

    I lived in New Mexico while a kid and never knew about the state’s oil-and-gas fields (in the southeast and eastern counties) until looking at a late-edition atlas of the state. As the Jonah basin is pockmarked with wells and infrastructure, so is a significant chunk of the high prairie of New Mexico.

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