Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Wyoming law against data collection: Protecting ranchers by ignoring the environment.

According to this article, Utah and Idaho also have laws such as Wyoming. Wyoming's reason? That documenting the presence of E. coli bacteria in the water. That bacteria comes from cattle. Which suggests that the ranchers are behind this law. Hopefully this insane law will be challenged in the courts, as are the ones in Idaho and Utah.

Wyoming law against data collection: Protecting ranchers by ignoring the environment.: Imagine visiting Yellowstone this summer. You wake up before dawn to take a picture of the sunrise over the mists emanating from Yellowstone hot springs. A thunderhead towers above the rising sun, and the picture turns out beautifully. You submit the photo to a contest sponsored by the National Weather Service. Under a statute signed into law by the Wyoming governor this spring, you have just committed a crime and could face up to one year in prison. (Justin Pidot, Slate.)

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