Pinedale, Wy – A federal environmental report predicts changes to towns near the Jonah natural gas field in southwest Wyoming if thousands of new wells are allowed to be drilled. The Bureau of Land Management has issued its final environmental analysis of the impacts of plans to drill several thousand new gas wells in Jonah Field. It says people enjoying small-town life in Pinedale, Big Piney and other communities will likely be troubled by the influx of new people and the growth.
Washington D-C – Wyoming's congressional delegation is urging a Montana board to reject proposed standards for handling water from coal-bed methane drilling. Wyoming Senators Craig Thomas and Mike Enzi and Representative Barbara Cubin voiced their concerns in a letter to the Montana Board of Environmental Review. They say rules being considered by the board threaten the methane industry in northeast Wyoming. The proposed rules would require that water withdrawn from wells be injected back into the aquifers.
Washington D-C – Both Wyoming U-S Senators say they are ready to vote Judge Samuel Alito onto the U-S Supreme Court. During floor debate Wyoming's Senior Senator Craig Thomas stated that Alito answered every question posed of him and said repeatedly that he will follow the Constitution. Senator Mike Enzi continues to say that Alito understands the differences between each branch of government and has his full support.