Laramie, WY – Governor Freudenthal is trying to bring down the number of Wyoming workers killed or injured on the job. Gary Hartman is a senior advisor to the Governor. He says they've created a task force with Wyoming employers in oil and gas, mining, construction and other industries. They're also bringing in national experts on workplace safety.
Jackson, Wy – A day after U-S Senator John Barrasso attacked the Obama administration on a number of fronts, state Democrats are striking back. Barrasso was very critical of President Obama's release of documents detailing CIA interrogation techniques and said he was offended by a variety of things the administration has been doing including putting the country in Debt. But State Democratic Chairwoman Leslie Peterson says Barrasso's comments miss some facts. "Senator Barrasso ignores the fact that Obama's leadership has resulted in lower taxes for 95% of Americans.
Lander, Wy – Climate change, bark beetle infestation and wolves all are mentioned in a proposed new management plan for the Shoshone National Forest. The forest management plan is being revised for the first time since 1986. This is just the latest draft of the proposed new management plan. Several public meetings are being held in communities around the national forest to discuss the proposal. Previous forest plans were drafted as several alternative proposals, from which one plan was chosen. This time, only one
Casper, Wy – Natural gas production in Wyoming set a new record in 2008, while oil production in the state declined slightly from the previous year. Preliminary figures from the state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission show Wyoming gas fields produced about 2.4 trillion cubic feet last year. That is up from nearly 2.3 trillion cubic feet in 2007. Oil production in 2008 is estimated at 52.9 million barrels, down from about 54 million in 2007. Thomas Doll of the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission says last
Pinedale, Wy – It appears that air pollution wasn't as bad this past winter in southwest Wyoming. The state Department of Environmental Quality says preliminary data from monitors in the area show that ozone did not exceed federal pollution standards for any eight-hour time period. Scientists believe the ozone in southwest Wyoming is caused by a combination of pollution emitted from natural gas fields and certain meteorological conditions. Area residents have long advocated slowing down the drilling to improve the air.
Cheyenne, Wy – Several state construction projects are on hold while the state government braces for declining revenue. The Legislature approved $58 million worth of projects in the current budget. State construction manager Rich Cathcart told state legislators Wednesday those projects are on hold. The frozen projects include new state laboratories in Cheyenne and design work on an office building near the state Capitol. Cathcart also says many construction companies are bidding on the state projects that are going forward, and that's helping to