Washington, DC – U-S Senator John Barrasso has not yet taken a position on whether energy development in the Pinedale anticline should slow down. Some believe that since high levels of ozone have been reported in Pinedale, that natural gas drilling should slow down, until things improve. Senator Barrasso says he has not yet formed an opinion, but says he is attending meetings and is studying the issue closely.
However, Barrasso has formed an opinion on the request by the Governor to ask the forest service to begin again with an environmental study on proposed gas leases in the Wyoming range. Barrasso agrees that since a company was allowed to participate in the study that public trust was lost. He says the way to restore public trust is to begin again.