Guardians yesterday moved to block the Trump administration’s approval of 3,500 new fracking wells in western Wyoming. The wells would be located next to the state’s iconic Wind River Range.
Over 10 years, 3,500 new oil and gas wells would be drilled across 220 square miles of public lands in the Upper Green River region of western Wyoming, a vast expanse of sagebrush steppe that is vital habitat for wildlife including sage grouse, mule deer, and pronghorn.
Adding insult to injury, the Upper Green River area already has a smog problem, which stems directly from a surge in oil and gas development. According to the Bureau of Land Management, the new fracking project would release hundreds more tons of volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides (pollutants that form ozone, a key ingredient of smog) each year.
Read the press release.