Wyoming is at a crossroads when it comes to energy production, open space, and quality of life. Wyoming ranks second among states in natural gas reserves and fourth in oil. The state provides almost 40 percent of the nation’s coal and houses the largest reserve of uranium in the U.S. Current proposals for wind power could make Wyoming the third-leading wind energy producer in the nation. Energy development is important, but its growing footprint on Wyoming is enormous. Without balance the benefits of the boom will be overshadowed by the loss of our open space, clean environment, and world-renowned wildlife.
For the Wyoming Outdoor Council, balance means developing our energy resources at the right pace and in the right place. It means respecting the many uses of public lands and recognizing that our air, water, and wildlife need protection where development occurs. Maintaining healthy communities and the wild character of Wyoming depends on finding this balance.