I could drink a whole glass of vodka, but …

One of my favorite memories of the coal-bed methane boom in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin was a junket of ordinaries, industry folk, government regulators and television media. We’d all gathered around a pipe spewing water pumped from a coal-bed methane well, expecting somebody to say something. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming) sipped from a cup that had been dipped in the water — and he declared it good. The television guys went nuts with satisfaction. An old rancher standing next to me stuck an elbow in my ribs and said, Hell, I could drink a whole glass of vodka, but I wouldn’t pour it on my plants every day.

— Contact Dustin Bleizeffer at (307) 577-6069 or dustin@wyofile.com

Dustin Bleizeffer is a Report for America Corps member covering energy and climate at WyoFile. He has worked as a coal miner, an oilfield mechanic, and for 25 years as a statewide reporter and editor primarily...

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