By Bob Beck
Cheyenne, WY – A proposal to add workers at Wyoming's Department of Environmental Quality cleared its first hurdle today, as the State Senate debated its version of the state budget. D-E-Q wants 35 new positions to address the increase in energy development occurring in the state. Senator Curt Meier of La Grange expressed concern that increasing the number of regulators could hinder Coalbed Methane development in the state. But Senator Cale Case of Lander countered that it could also speed things up, because approval of drilling and other types of permits could come quicker. D-E-Q Director John Corra says without the positions, his agency will not be able to handle the growth in development expected in the coming months.