Another man camp to be constructed near Baggs

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— Construction of a third man camp between Interstate 80 and Baggs, Wyo., was approved by the Carbon County Planning Commission on Tuesday.

Steve Adams was granted a conditional use permit to place his second man camp on 49 acres east of Wyoming High-way 789 about halfway between Creston Junction, Wyo., and Baggs. The land is zoned ranching, agriculture and mining.

Adams' first man camp is located in the Dad, Wyo., area, a few miles south of this proposed camp.

Adams told the planning commission members that the camp is being built to house coal-bed methane workers employed by Baker Energy, which has contracted with Double Eagle Petroleum to develop its leases in the Atlantic Rim area.

Most of the work force is from the Sheridan, Wyo., area, so the housing would be temporary. The camp would be similar to a nearby man camp for Devon workers, he said.

Adams said drinking water either would be trucked from Wamsutter, Wyo., or come from a nearby private well. Sewage would be trucked to Wamsutter for treatment, he said.

The camp would start with a single building and grow as the need for worker housing grows, he said.

The workers living there would be able to access the camp only by identification cards, and it would be surrounded by a chain-link fence to keep out livestock and wildlife, Adams said.

The planning commission initially included a condition in the permit that Adams work with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department regarding wildlife concerns. Game and Fish personnel wanted a "wildlife friendly" three-strand fence around the camp because it is in crucial winter range for both deer and pronghorn.

But Adams said he would "not work with Wyoming Game and Fish," and asked that the condition be removed from the permit.

Other conditions require training for workers housed in the camp on litter control, hunting and fishing regulations and trespass law.

Carbon County Planning Director Lou Kline said the modular camp building would meet the International Building Code standards, which is one of the permit conditions.

Planning commission Chair-man Will Speer added a condition that the permit be valid for five years.

Adams must produce his Wyoming Department of Transportation access permit before construction can begin.

Tori Adams can be reached at the Rawlins Daily Times at 800-541-3411.

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