Coal Bed Gas Bill Salvages Drilling Programs

Western Gas Resources said the coal bed methane legislationpassed last week by Congress and forwarded to the White House forsignature should put its drilling operation in the Powder RiverBasin back on track. The company, along with partner BarrettResources, planned a massive drilling program in the basin thisyear that included drilling 400 wells and 500 more next year, butan appellate court decision forced the companies to put their planson hold.

October 21, 1998