Wyoming Booms with Natural Gas

A bulldozer clears rock and sagebrush to make way for new construction in Rock Springs, Wyo.

A bulldozer clears rock and sagebrush to make way for new construction in Rock Springs, Wyo. Jeff Brady, NPR hide caption

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Ron Hughes, on the golf course

Rock Springs carpenter Ron Hughes, playing a round of golf, says he worries about the problem of methamphetamine use in the community. Jeff Brady, NPR hide caption

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NPR's "On the Road" series resumes with reporter Jeff Brady in Rock Springs, Wyo. The Cowboy State is experiencing a boom in natural gas production, which is creating jobs and keeping taxes low. But people there have mixed feelings about the government.

Iraq is a popular topic at a local laundromat. Pipeline Mathew Burrill says he opposes the war. "I don't agree with what they did overseas... And after that you would've thought that gas prices would've [gone] down... Well, obviously they haven't. They keep going up."

Vern Fisher, a gas worker for Halliburton, says his view of the war changed over time. "Well, I was kind of against it in the beginning, but I'm kind of glad that it took place because the people over there've got liberty and I think everybody deserves a chance to have some freedom — freedom of choice, religion and all that good stuff."

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