Flaming Gorge pipeline: ‘Green with Envy’ tour’s first stop was in Jackson, Wyoming

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From the Wyoming Business Report (Mark Wilcox):

Yesterday, a group formed to defend the Green River and Flaming Gorge from a proposed pipeline that would siphon roughly 81 billion gallons of water to Colorado’s Front Range held the first stop of a region-wide educational tour here at the Wort Hotel. The “Green with Envy” roadshow, which included presentations and a short film, will have six more stops in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.

Presenter Walt Gasson, Trout Unlimited’s endorsed business director, briefly invoked Dr. Seuss’s Lorax in his impassioned plea to save the Green River. “This is not a problem for people in Colorado or Thneedville who just want to wash their car or water their lawn,” Gasson said. Instead, he said it is Wyoming and its $118 million local outdoor economy that will suffer the consequences of exporting 250,000 acre-feet of water annually. Of that water, 85,000 acre-feet would come from the Green River above Flaming Gorge while the rest would come from the reservoir itself.

Talking of Aaron Million, the entrepreneur who still hopes to build the pipeline despite one failed permitting attempt through the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Gasson said Wyoming gets the shallow end of the pool. “He gets the goldmine; we get the shed,” he said.

Here’s the rest of the tour schedule:

Laramie, Wyoming
Monday, March 19, 7 p.m.
University of Wyoming
Education Auditorium
1000 E. University Ave.

Cheyenne, Wyoming
Tuesday, March 20, 7 p.m.
Cheyenne Depot Museum
121 W. 15th St.

Casper, Wyoming
Wednesday, March 21, 7 p.m.
Izaac Walton Building
4205 Fort Caspar Rd.

Fort Collins, Colorado
Thursday, March 22, 6 p.m.
Avogadros Number
605 South Mason St.

Park City, Utah
Thursday, April 5, 7 p.m.
Hotel Park City
2001 Park Ave.

Durango, Colorado
Saturday, April 7, 7 p.m.
Durango Art Center
802 E. 2nd Ave.

More Flaming Gorge Pipeline coverage here and here.

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