By Willow Belden, Wyoming Public Media
Wild horse advocates say a proposed natural gas project in south-central Wyoming could negatively affect herds in the area.
The Continental Divide-Creston project would drill 9,000 new wells near Wamsutter, and Suzanne Roy with the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign says much of the land is home to wild horses.
“So we’re concerned about the impacts, primarily on loss of forage and water and displacement from habitat,” Roy said. “And we’re concerned that the BLM in its environmental impact statement on the project has really not included wild horses as a resource to be protected.”
Roy says her group would like the BLM to compensate for the loss of wild horse habitat by reducing livestock grazing. She says that would ensure that horses would still have access to the same amount of forage as before.