Congressional staffers listen to a spokesperson from L&H Industrial during their tour of the facility
(Gillette, Wyo.) North East Wyoming Leaders (NEWY) brought 15 staffers from Washington, D.C. Thursday to tour the region’s energy industry and see for themselves how best to advise their superiors on energy regulations.
The staffers were not authorized provide comment to the media, aside from a separate Washington D.C. staffer named Jennifer Johnson, a Wyoming native.
“It’s kind of the brainchild of NEWY,” Jennifer Johnson, a DC consultant who coordinates the trip, said. “It’s the towns of northeast Wyoming that come together and sponsor this tour for senior staffers from the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.”
Earlier this week, the staffers had the opportunity to visit Dry Fork Power Plant, home to the largely discussed Integrated Testing Center. Today, they were touring the bottom of Cordero Rojo Mine, as well as the facilities at L&H Industrial.
“Who wants to read about it all the time?” Johnson asked. “So to be able to touch it and see it, they’re just really amazed.”
The staffers were shown more than just the industrial side of Gillette, and had the opportunity to see some of Wyoming’s natural beauty such as the nation’s first national monument, Devil’s Tower. But this was not a sightseeing tour. The staffers were here to gather vital information on the natural resource.
“They are hearing all of these industries, or companies, opinions too,” Johnson explained, such as pleas from help from local industry. “Some of them have even given a list of: Can you please help us with this? Can you please talk to your boss about coal issues.”