We previously reported that Wyoming Governor Matt Mead was impressed with the amount and quality of ideas from the public centered on defining the state's energy strategy moving forward. Now, Governor Mead is asking for public involvement in meetings taking place later this week.
The energy strategy is in a state of flux as Wyomingites share their ideas, but Mead says there are priorities.
Mead says that just in the past six months, many people have been affected by the energy industry. He says low prices for natural gas and the declining demand for coal will surely limit revenue. In the Sheridan area, nearly 75 families have been affected as the Decker Coal Mine recently announced upcoming layoffs of its mobile equipment operators.
Gasoline prices are rising across the Cowboy State, taking a toll on both families and businesses. And Mead says over in Pavillion, the town has fallen under the national spotlight as a focal point for discussion on hydraulic fracturing.
The status of sage-grouse as a threatened species has continued to be an important topic, Mead says, and that this diversity of energy-related issues is critical to developing the best possible strategy.
Members of the public are invited to participate online or in person this Thursday and Friday for discussion on some proposed initiatives. To view a list of upcoming webinars, visit http://governor.wy.gov/Pages/ene....