There has been a sudden realization that the massive industrialization of Wyoming’s open spaces by the natural gas industry is making a wrenching change to the state’s outdoor heritage — its clean air, vistas, wildlife.
Today there were numerous newspaper stories on the seemingly unstoppable conquest of Wyoming by the petroleum industry.
‘We’re going to feel it.‘ By Whitney Royster. Jackson Hole Star-Tribune.
Wyo drilling rig count climbs. By Dustine Bleizeffer. Star-Tribune energy reporter.
Jonah [gas field] office floats reclamation plan. By Whitney Royster. Casper Star-Tribune.
This might sound good, but in fact restoration of the natural vegetation of the high desert to its original form may take more than a hundreds years, if ever. The drillers will have to keep about 55% of the Jonah field land area “undisturbed,” but this is very misleading as the Google Earth photo of part of the field below shows. Most of the land in the image is undisturbed, but as you can see the effect of all the roads and drilling pads is almost total disturbance.