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Editor: 

Harriet Hageman needs to come clean to Wyoming voters on her involvement in the Flaming Gorge Pipeline that she pitched to the Casper City Council in Feb. 2010, while asking for money for a feasibility study – a meeting that I attended. According to a 2016 WY State Engineer report (Wyoming and the Colorado River), both the pipeline Hageman represents (the Colorado-Wyoming Coalition), and the Aaron Million Pipeline, are still on the table being studied.

Both Hageman’s pipeline proposal and Million’s proposal were not well-received by Wyomingites in 2010 and I imagine citizens would be far less approving now that the CO front range is much more desperate for a “new supply” of water. An Aug 12, 2011, poll done by Public Opinion Strategies, found that four in five (80%) Wyoming voters perceived “out-of-state users diverting water, such as to Colorado” to be very threatening or somewhat threatening.

A party on the Colorado end of the Colorado-Wyoming Coalition that Hageman is with (Parker Water and Sanitation District’s Frank Jaeger) had made several pointed comments that should seriously concern all Wyoming citizens who are suspicious about Colorado pressuring Wyoming to help build and pay for a pipeline for them: ‘an estimated $3 billion pipeline… but Wyoming would share the costs’; ‘A water diversion in Wyoming that primarily benefits Colorado has been a tough sell’; ‘While the project faces stiff opposition in western Wyoming, there is a growing realization that the decision could be made without the area’s consensus’; and ‘in addition they plan to use existing storage in southeastern Wyoming with their partners there.’ These quotes and many more details can be found in a Colorado Water blogsite called coyotegulch.blog

This year in May (Sweetwater Now newspaper) Hageman admitted that she first started working on this Flaming Gorge Pipeline project in 2009-2010.

Harriet Hageman should be transparent and make available to the public all documentation of her involvement in this current Flaming Gorge pipeline project so that voters can be informed of this agenda of a Wyoming gubernatorial candidate.

BRENDA MANNINA-MONGOLD, Casper

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