Letter to the Editor (Sci 275 Conservation)

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March 31, 2013

Angus M. Thuermer Jr.
Newspaper Editor
Jackson Hole News & Guide
1225 Maple Way
P.O. Box 7445
Jackson, WY 83002

Dear Angus,

After reading a recent article in the Jackson Hole News & Guide about the preservation of the Bridger Teton National Forest I would like to present another side of the argument and explain why some believe this beneficial resource within our community should be explored for natural resources. Teton National Forest has been protected from exploration of oil, gas and other natural resources and still remains untouched by humans but imagine the natural resources that could be hidden in this expansive wilderness.

As with any proposed development there will be risks involved which is why a risk assessment would be necessary to keep the public safe by taking time to identify potential hazards, evaluate the risk of exposure and how it could potentially affect anyone who could be exposed. Once a hazard has been identified the steps involved in a risk assessment help gather more information about who has been exposed, the health effects of exposure and what can be done to resolve the issue. After the information about exposure has been analyzed then those involved in the risk assessment can decide the best way to resolve the issue without putting anyone at risk. By finding this important information it helps those involved in the risk management set priorities based on the threat of hazards and make sure the right preventative measures are taken to protect the public and habitat against the risk of exposure.

Even though there are risks involved there are also advantages in developing this land, exploration and drilling on land is much safer and less riskier than off shore drilling. Exploration wells, drilling sites and oil transportation could potentially bring more jobs to the area and given the state of our economy this could be a great opportunity for the local economy. By using our own natural...
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