WYOMING NEWS SERVICE, Cheyenne, WY – Thousands of people are expected to join hands along U.S. Coastlines today as part of “Hands Across the Sand,” to show support for coastal communities impacted by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. And even land-locked Wyomingites will participate by lining up along Ocean Lake near Riverton at noon.
Barb Gorges with the Cheyenne-High Plains Audubon Society is organizing the event as part of a birding outing. She recognizes that oil is a sensitive topic in Wyoming.
Some of those joining hands across the country will be calling for an end to all offshore drilling, and others will share different views – all to be respected.
Gorges says even the push for renewable energy needs to be respectful of the environment.
More than 700 events are planned nationwide as well as in 20 other countries. The original “Hands Across the Sand” was held in Florida in February, coordinated by a restaurant owner and surfer concerned about what would happen if a huge oil spill hit the Gulf Coast.