Patricia Clark, Wyoming rancher

  • Patricia Clark

    Hal Clifford

Note: This article is a sidebar to this issue's feature story.

Patricia Clark, Wyoming rancher:

"We've had this place in the family for 105 years, and I'm looking to keep this in the family for another 105 years, and I want to keep it as pristine as I can. Once the damage is done, it's there forever. I don't think it ever goes away. You can always see where those scars are.

"It's sad to say, but our state government doesn't care about what happens to us. They don't care about the damage we're going to get. They're telling these companies, 'Drill no matter what, we want your money.' We were here before methane was here, and we'll be here after methane was here, if we can. So yeah, I think they ought to be a little considerate of us. Because the methane company will be here 10, 20 years at the most, and then they're gone. It's true we don't produce the amount of money for the state the methane companies do, but that still doesn't make it right to basically tell us we aren't worth considering. That's disappointing."

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