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Gale McGee was a University of Wyoming Professor, a U.S. Senator from Wyoming (1959-77), and a U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS) (1977-81). He was an internationalist and a staunch supporter of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. McGee supported many of the social, environmental, and conservation programs that became law in the sixties and seventies. While on the Appropriations Committee, he successfully directed federal aid for Wyoming's conservation, energy, and infrastructure projects. As President Carter's Ambassador to the OAS, McGee was instrumental in the Senate ratification of the Panama Canal Treaty.
Roncalio was a lawyer and Democratic politician from Wyoming. In 1961, President Kennedy appointed him to the cabinet-level position of chairman of the International Joint Commission of the United States and Canada. Roncalio served five terms as a U.S. Representative for the State of Wyoming and was instrumental in blocking Project Wagon Wheel, in which the Atomic Energy Commission planned to detonate nuclear devices underground in southwestern Wyoming to free natural gas from rock formations.
The Wagon Wheel Information Committee was formed in July of 1971 after the Pinedale Roundup published a letter from the El Paso Natural Gas Company to Congressman Teno Roncalio that indicated Congress would give twelve million dollars to El Paso Gas towards the eventual firing of underground nuclear devices twenty miles south of Pinedale, Wyoming, from the 1970s-1980s. By June of 1975 the Atomic Energy Commission dropped Project Wagon Wheel for a number of practical and political reasons.
The Project Wagon Wheel records contain drill logs, shot effects, strip charts, a graph from U3CN-5, and reports.Two of the titles are "Preliminary Effects on Ground Water", and "Wyoming Atomic Simulation Report ", 1969-1971.