City of Gillette Mayor Tom Murphy is excited to announce the arrival of some special visitors to Northeast Wyoming August 4th through the 8th.
“Two years ago the Northeast Wyoming Municipal Leadership, which is cities and towns in Northeast Wyoming, set aside monies to bring people from Washington DC that make Federal Policy to our community. We showed them we could have responsible energy development and preserve our wildlife and ecosystem at the same time.”
Murphy said they are anticipating a group possibly four times larger than two years ago. And they are inviting guests from the Northwest part of the country as well, which may bring the total of guests to about forty.
“By Thursday morning, we will know how many Mayors of large cities in Oregon, Washington, Montana and Idaho will be coming during the same time period. Because there has been a lot of misinformation, I will say, from environmental groups opposing the building of new deep water ports in that part of our country with the shipping of coal to the Asian Markets.”
Murphy said it’s important to get the right information out. And added it is important for the guests to see how coal would be loaded and how e land is well taken care of as part of the energy production process.
“We thought it would be very important to show them how the coal would be loaded, that the fact that the way they are doing it there will not be any fugitive dust, that the reclamation efforts that we have need to be seen, that wild life is already inhabiting the areas in and around the mine, that there isn’t a scar on the landscape forever. To show those folks the operations like we will with the congressional people we did two years ago. We are getting our message out to the rest of the world.”
The Campbell County Commissioners with be contributing funding for the trip. Chairman Dan Coolidge said they are pleased to help out.
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