Laramie, Wy – Sheridan County in northern Wyoming has seen an abundance of mineral wealth from the production of coal-bed methane.
Officials with coal-bed methane companies say wells could produce for another ten to 20 years or so if the market remains strong.
But, some in the community are thinking about the end of the boom Sheridan Mayor Dave Kinskey says the city can survive as long as a "soft landing" takes place.
Kinskey that would happen if the county's economy diversifies as methane production slows, leaving available jobs for methane workers who may lose theirs.
Kinskey says work is already underway to develop Sheridan County's work force to lay the groundwork for long-term diversification of the county's economy.