Nighttime flaring on a gas field near Pinedale, Wyoming in 2009. Photo by Linda Baker.

‘We want clean air’

By CAT URBIGKIT Star-Tribune correspondent

PINEDALE — Sublette County residents who say they suffered health problems from ground-level ozone pollution this winter are demanding more action be taken to combat the problem.

Isabel Rucker, a Pinedale businesswoman, facilitated a brainstorming session for about two dozen area residents earlier this week. The goal was to “get together and demand better from industry and our government.”

“We want clean air,” Rucker said, adding that such a position is not meant to be anti-energy development. Rucker said the group believes there should be a better balance between development and protecting human health.

Parts of Sublette County experienced elevated ozone levels on 13 days this winter, with the highest readings measured at monitoring stations in the Boulder area in the Pinedale Anticline natural gas field.

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