EPA raps WY Anticline plan

JACKSON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency said a plan allowing more natural gas wells on the Pinedale Anticline should be revised because it failed to adequately analyze the effects of development on air quality and groundwater.

“The impacts are of sufficient magnitude that the proposed action should not proceed as proposed,” EPA regional administrator Robert E. Roberts said in a letter dated Feb. 14.

The EPA letter comes in response to the Bureau of Land Management’s proposal for two options to develop 4,399 new wells on 12,278 acres of the Pinedale Anticline in southwest Wyoming. The wind-swept anticline is winter range to mule deer and antelope.

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