water quality http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Proposed Clean Water Act Change Causes Controversy http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/proposed-clean-water-act-change-causes-controversy <p>Rhetoric is heating up in Wyoming over new proposed rule from the Environmental Protection Agency. Governor Matt Mead and Senator John Barrasso both claim it will have a huge impact on Wyoming farmers, ranchers and businesses and will give the EPA jurisdiction over more water than ever before.</p><p>But Professor Mark Squillace of the University of Colorado School of Law disagrees.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:50:44 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 61287 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Proposed Clean Water Act Change Causes Controversy Groundwater testing near oil and gas wells: how much data is enough? http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/groundwater-testing-near-oil-and-gas-wells-how-much-data-enough <p>A proposal to test water quality at oil and gas wells before and after drilling is making its way through the rulemaking process. The governor’s office and industry hope it will answer some of the questions surrounding groundwater contamination near oil and gas development, but as Wyoming Public Radio’s Stephanie Joyce reports, the rule may not actually be able to answer the question of who’s responsible, if contamination occurs, and that has some people questioning whether it’s valuable at all.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 23:57:40 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 48615 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Groundwater testing near oil and gas wells: how much data is enough? Wyo. Oil and Gas Commission takes up baseline water testing rule http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyo-oil-and-gas-commission-takes-baseline-water-testing-rule <p></p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 23:12:20 +0000 Irina Zhorov 43907 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyo. Oil and Gas Commission takes up baseline water testing rule Wyoming landfill legislation should improve water quality despite decades-long delay http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-landfill-legislation-should-improve-water-quality-despite-decades-long-delay <p></p><p></p> Tue, 07 May 2013 23:04:49 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 40422 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming landfill legislation should improve water quality despite decades-long delay USGS study shows gas production can affect stream water http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/usgs-study-shows-gas-production-can-affect-stream-water <p>A new report by the U.S. Geological Survey finds that coal-bed natural gas production can affect water quality in nearby streams.</p><p>The study monitored water quality over a ten-year period in Wyoming and Montana, and found that in places like the Powder River, sodium levels increased. Other test sites showed little or no change in water quality.</p><p>Report author Melanie Clark says the changes occur because water that&rsquo;s extracted during gas production sometimes flows into the streams and rivers.</p> Sat, 28 Jul 2012 00:36:54 +0000 Willow Belden 27627 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org USGS study shows gas production can affect stream water