groundwater contamination http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Linc Energy Charged With Causing Environmental Harm In Australia http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/linc-energy-charged-causing-environmental-harm-australia <p>A company proposing to open an underground coal gasification demonstration site in Wright has been charged with environmental violations in Australia. &nbsp;The charges could cost the company over two million dollars per violation.</p><p>Underground coal gasification involves igniting coal seams deep underground to produce syngas, which can then be processed into various liquid fuels or other chemicals. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>What exactly the environmental harm is has not yet been revealed.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:37:32 +0000 Irina Zhorov 56828 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Linc Energy Charged With Causing Environmental Harm In Australia WY initiates its Pavillion investigation http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wy-initiates-its-pavillion-investigation <p>As the state initiates its investigation of water quality issues in Pavillion, two state agencies plan to review existing data before deciding how to proceed. The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and the Department of Environmental Quality will look at the well bore integrity of about 50 oil and gas wells within a quarter mile of 14 domestic water wells that had at least one pollutant at levels above drinking water standards.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 13:15:43 +0000 Irina Zhorov 44828 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org WY initiates its Pavillion investigation Pavillion Working Group to meet in Aug. http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/pavillion-working-group-meet-aug <p>The next Pavillion Working Group meeting has been scheduled for August, in Riverton. The working group includes state agency, landowner, tribal, and industry stakeholders.</p><p>The working group will be providing updates to the community on the status of their investigations into pit and well bore integrity, and as much as possible, domestic water wells. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 13:25:29 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 44298 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Pavillion Working Group to meet in Aug. Groundwater testing draft rules get support, feedback http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/groundwater-testing-draft-rules-get-support-feedback <p>Several groups submitted comments Thursday on the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s draft rule for groundwater testing in the state. The rule would require that energy companies test groundwater quality before and after oil and gas drilling.</p><p>Richard Garrett is a policy analyst with the Wyoming Outdoor Council, one of the groups that submitted comments. He says his group and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) made recommendations that they hope will close any potential loopholes in the law.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 23:31:27 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 43659 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Groundwater testing draft rules get support, feedback Environmental groups disappointed by handover of water contamination study http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/environmental-groups-disappointed-handover-water-contamination-study <p>Environmental groups say they’re disappointed that the Environmental Protection Agency has handed over control of the Pavillion water quality study to the state.</p><p></p><p>In 2011, the EPA issued a draft report tentatively linking groundwater contamination to fracking around Pavillion. Yesterday, the agency announced that it will not finalize that report.</p><p>Richard Garrett with the Wyoming Outdoors Council says he’s unhappy with EPA’s decision.</p> Sat, 22 Jun 2013 00:25:53 +0000 Willow Belden 42657 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Environmental groups disappointed by handover of water contamination study EPA won't confirm Pavillion frack-pollution tie http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/epa-wont-confirm-pavillion-frack-pollution-tie <p>The Environmental Protection Agency is abandoning its plan to confirm hydraulic fracturing is linked to groundwater pollution in central Wyoming.</p><p></p><p>A draft news release obtained today by The Associated Press says the EPA won't have independent scientists review its finding that fracking may have caused the pollution.</p><p>EPA spokesman Tom Reynolds in Washington, D.C., confirms the information.</p><p>The EPA says it won't finalize its report on the issue. Instead, it will let state officials investigate.</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 21:39:27 +0000 The Associated Press 42601 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org EPA won't confirm Pavillion frack-pollution tie Energy group says fracking water report is sensational http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/energy-group-says-fracking-water-report-sensational <p></p><p></p><p>An energy group says a recently released report overstated issues of water use by the oil and gas industry. The Western Organization of Resource Councils released the report last month and said regulators need to consider the quantity of water the energy industry uses, in addition to the quality.</p><p></p> Thu, 09 May 2013 00:16:01 +0000 Irina Zhorov 40478 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Energy group says fracking water report is sensational Online map highlights water connections in Pinedale Anticline http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/online-map-highlights-water-connections-pinedale-anticline <p>An environmental group in Pinedale is trying to help residents understand water quality issues, by creating an online map of gas wells, water wells, and other hydrologic data.</p><p></p><p>Linda Baker with the Upper Green River Alliance says she got the idea for the project when water wells in the Pinedale Anticline gas field started showing traces of benzene and other pollutants several years ago.</p><p>Baker served on the Pinedale Anticline Working Group, and she says data from the Bureau of Land Management, Department of Environmental Quality, and other agencies was very technical.</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 22:10:49 +0000 Willow Belden 40213 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Online map highlights water connections in Pinedale Anticline