Key takeaways: Park County WY commissioners are right, this is being fueled by big tourism business like Xannterra, Blair Hotels (Holiday Inn), and The Irma Hotel. Their study does not have any focus on a new trail and parking area which is imperative and a win/win for all.
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EXCERPTS: The commissioners said they had some concerns with the project. Commissioner Scott Steward said that, while he supported a study of the issue, he had concerns with the hiring of RRC, which has worked frequently with Yellowstone National Park — a key stakeholder in the Plow the Plug discussion — in the past.
“I’m 100% in support,” Steward said. “I’m just not sure RRC is the right people… Is this the group that would really be unbiased, with their involvement in Yellowstone?”
Similarly, commissioner Dossie Overfield was concerned about bias, saying that “since the tourism industry is asking for the study, the results will be favorable to the tourism industry.”