Special Film Screening of ‘The Story of Project Wagon Wheel’ on Nov. 18
October 29, 2019
On Monday, November 18th, the public is invited to a special film screening of the Wyoming PBS documentary, "Atomic Fracking in Wyoming: The Story of Project Wagon Wheel." There will be two showings, at 1PM and 6PM in the Lovatt Room of the Pinedale Library. This is a new Wyoming PBS documentary about the Project Wagon Wheel. It will feature interviews with local residents involved. The film is rated G and is approximately 1 hour.
Local historian and author Ann Chambers Noble will be present at both screenings to speak about the Wagon Wheel Project and the film. Prior to the 6PM screening, a light meal will be provided free of charge at 5:30 pm. Panel discussion with the filmmaker Gregory Asay, Ann Chambers Noble, and local participants with the film will follow the screening.
In 1968, an area 10 miles south of Boulder (18 miles east-northeast of Big Piney) and 9,220 feet underground was proposed to be exploded by five nuclear bombs to release natural gas trapped in layers of sandstone. Known as Project Wagon Wheel, it was designed as an experiment to study the effectiveness of using nuclear power to extract natural gas. It was estimated that the five bombs would create a blast 25 times greater than the explosion that destroyed Hiroshima. Citizens from Sublette County and surrounding areas formed a local committee to research the effects of the project on residents and to bring their concerns to area lawmakers and eventually the nation's capitol.
Atomic Fracking in Wyoming: The Story of Project Wagon Wheel is a new documentary about the defeat of the project by local residents. The documentary will air on Wyoming PBS on November 19th. It tells the complete story through interviews with Bernie Gosar, Jim Noble and others, as well as the voices of key people involved such as Sally Mackey, John Perry Barlow, Floyd Bousman, Mary Ann Steele, and more. Sublette County citizens can preview the film in its entirety during two opportunities at the Pinedale Library on Monday, November 18th: at 1 pm and again at 6 pm. Local historian and author Ann Chambers Noble will be present at both screenings to speak about the Wagon Wheel Project and the film.
Learn more about the Wagon Wheel Project here: https://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/wagon-wheel-project