Casper, Wy – The Secretary of the Interior Department says coal bed methane permitting in the Powder River Basin needs to move at an appropriately rapid pace. Gale Norton spoke in Casper Friday at the Wyoming Heritage Foundation Forum. In her speech, she shared the results of a study on Powder River Basin CBM production, and how it could impact consumers of natural gas. She says that report shows the impact would be $88 billion dollars. But despite the national need for coal bed methane, Norton says the resource must be used wisely to guard against what she says are legitimate environmental concerns.