Lisa McGee with the Wyoming Outdoor Council tells Jackson Hole Community Radio about the proposed full-field gas drilling project in the Upper Hoback area of the Wyoming Range—and what it will take to protect this special landscape.
“We believe the values there are really too high; too special. Not only for wildlife—but for recreation, for sustainable businesses, outfitters, guides, schools like the National Outdoor Leadership School. So we think the national forests in general, the Bridger-Teton in particular, have higher and better uses.”
“Folks who live in the area . . . many of these folks rely on this fairly shallow aquifer for their drinking water. And so it just takes one mistake; and while mistakes don’t happen every day, they’re not uncommon. It just takes one mistake . . . in the whole life cycle of drilling a well to contaminate a water source, and in this case a wild and scenic river, and we really don’t want to see that happen.”
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