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UW’s Simpson Institute to Hold Energy Panel Discussions

March 24, 2011 — The University of Wyoming American Heritage Center's Alan K. Simpson Institute for Western Politics and Leadership will host panel discussions in Laramie and Pinedale on the social, environmental and economic impacts of Wyoming's latest energy boom.

Panel discussions will be from 4:30-6 p.m. Monday, April 4, in the Wyoming Union Family Room and from 4:30-6 p.m. Monday, May 16, at the Sublette County Public Library in Pinedale. The events are free and open to the public.

The panel discussions are part of the Simpson Institute's "Wyoming's Energy Boom, 1995-2010: An Oral History Program," which includes more than 40 audio oral history interviews with people involved in and impacted by natural gas development in Sublette County. Audio files, transcripts, photos and other contextual materials are available at

"The AHC houses around 400 collections relating to the mining, oil, gas and wind energy industries. These collections relate to all aspects of economic geology," says Leslie Waggener, project director. "But there are only a few AHC collections that speak to the social, economic and environmental impacts of energy development in Wyoming. By interviewing a range of Sublette County residents, our researchers have been able to better understand the impact of a modern boom and bust cycle on a Wyoming community."

Former Wyoming State Historian David Kathka will moderate both panels.

The program is funded by the Wyoming Humanities Council, AHC and SER.

For more information, call Waggener at (307) 766-2557 or e-mail

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