The Hoback and Green Rivers have been voted among the 10 most endangered rivers in the country by the nonprofit American Rivers. Since 1986, American Rivers has published an annual report on the 10 most endangered rivers in the United States. This year, because of PXP’s proposal to drill for gas in the Hoback Basin, the Hoback River was ranked the No. 5 most endangered river in the country. Scott Bosse is the Northern Rockies Director of American Rivers. He explained why the Hoback River, which flows 55 miles from the Wyoming Range to the Snake River, is such a critical body of water to protect.
“The Hoback River has some of the cleanest water and the most valuable wildlife habitat anywhere in the United States,” Bosse said. “The lower section is designated as a Wild and Scenic river by Congress and that’s a status granted to less than 1 percent of all the rivers in the country meaning it is one of the finest rivers we have anywhere in the America.” The Green River, which flows through Wyoming, Utah and Colorado, was voted into the No. 2 spot because of a proposal to pump enormous amounts of water from the river and into a pipeline that would stretch 500 miles from Wyoming to Colorado’s Front Range. Wyoming Governor Matt Mead opposes this proposal but now the governors of Utah and Colorado must get on board, the report stated, in order to protect the Green River. – Robyn Vincent