Economic development group plans meetings on oil boom

Laramie, WY – How an oil boom could affect the people and environment of southeast Wyoming will be the focus of upcoming meetings in Cheyenne, Wheatland and Torrington.
The meetings Aug. 31 in Cheyenne and Sept. 1 in Wheatland and
Torrington will be hosted by the Wheatland-based High Plains
Economic Development District.
Little drilling has occurred so far but energy companies have
obtained permits to drill dozens of oil wells and have spent
millions to acquire oil leases throughout the area.
Anja Bendel is executive director of the economic development
district. She says the meeting will cover socio-economic challenges
from an oil boom and how oil development could affect groundwater.
She says it's not certain there will be a boom but officials
want to be prepared.