Don Burkhart once stopped a worker from jumping to his death as part of his work reducing workplace fatalities in Wyoming’s mineral industry.
The BP America proposal to drill 8,950 more natural gas wells in southern Wyoming could be a turning point for Wyoming BLM.
The big controversy about fracking does not revolve around negligent practices once the fluid is sucked out of the well and sent to disposal. The controversy which worries so many people is manufactured: people who understand nothing about geology and engineering perpetuate the myth that fracking shales at 8,000 to 10,000 feet down will contaminate public water supplies which are usually found at depths of less than 1,000 feet.
In Gillette, Wyoming, there is a big fleet of new trucks and new bulldozers ready to deal with a crisis which really does not meet a definition of crisis compared to a big Gulf spill. Why were not barges loaded with emergency response devices, tools, booms, parked and waiting, on the Louisiana, Texas, Alabama and Mississippi coastal areas before the BP spill?