Mead meets with group on Wyo. Range drilling plan

Cheyenne, Wyo. – A delegation of people opposed to plans to drill for natural gas in the upper Hoback River drainage got an audience with Gov. Matt Mead and a couple close advisers.

So far, Mead isn't staking out a position on the controversial drilling plan.

But he said Tuesday he wants to hear from people both for and against the plan by Houston-based Plains Exploration and Production to drill 136 gas wells from 17 well pads.

Those who met with Mead on Monday included Dan Smitherman, spokesman for the group Citizens for the Wyoming Range, and Stephanie Kessler with The Wilderness Society.

Hundreds of people, including many opposed to drilling, attended recent public meetings in western Wyoming on the plan to drill in the Wyoming Range in the Bridger-Teton National Forest.