Methane producers tell Wyoming governor they need help

Coal-bed methane producers told Gov. Dave Freudenthal they need help from the state and their own industry to keep working conditions safe as new employees continue pouring into the Powder River Basin with little oil and gas experience.

The plea came during a 45-minute meeting between the two-term Democrat and members of the Powder River Basin CBM Safety Council who brought with them concerns ranging from sage grouse to what is seen as an understaffed state Occupational Safety and Health department.

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