State Representative Rosie Berger of Big Horn will attend a meeting in Cheyenne on May 14 to start exploring how to provide natural gas service to rural and unserved areas in Wyoming.
The Republican lawmaker was invited to participate following her involvement this year in legislation that could help the towns of Dayton and Ranchester bring natural gas service to the Tongue River Valley.
The representative was a sponsor of House Bill 47, which was successful and now allows the communities to seek state funding to help build a natural gas pipeline for their area. But a bill in the Senate to authorize a task force on extending natural gas service to Wyoming's other rural areas failed. A private corporation called SourceGas has volunteered to spearhead a similar effort, and has invited state officials, representatives of county and municipal organizations, and private corporations to the May 14 meeting.
In addition to the Sheridan County legislator, invitations were sent to Representative Jerry Paxton of Encampment and Senator Larry Hicks of Baggs, along with the governor's office, Wyoming Public Service Commission, State Lands and Investments board, Wyoming Business Council, the state county commissioners and association of municipalities, Cheyenne Light, Fuel & Power, Montana-Dakota Utilities, and the Wyoming Rural Electric Association.