DEQ http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en DEQ Says Jurisdictional Issues Will Limit Their Rulemaking Authority Near Pinedale http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/deq-says-jurisdictional-issues-will-limit-their-rulemaking-authority-near-pinedale <p></p><p>The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality is drafting rules to curb emissions near Pinedale, but the agency says there are some limitations to what they’ll be able to do.</p><p>The Pinedale area violates federal air quality standards because of pollution from natural gas development. DEQ has already imposed stricter rules on new energy equipment, and now they plan to limit emissions from older, grandfathered facilities, as well. But spokesman Keith Guille says they aren't able to regulate everything.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 01:14:20 +0000 Willow Belden 57226 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org DEQ Says Jurisdictional Issues Will Limit Their Rulemaking Authority Near Pinedale DEQ Seeks To Lower Environmental Standards For Many Streams http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/deq-seeks-lower-environmental-standards-many-streams <p>About three-quarters of the streams in Wyoming could soon be subject to less stringent environmental standards.</p><p></p><p>The streams are currently classified as “primary contact” water bodies, meaning that people swim or otherwise recreate in them. Now, the Department of Environmental Quality is proposing to designate them as “secondary contact” streams, meaning human contact is less likely. The change would lower the standards for how much pollution can be discharged into the waterways.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 00:43:11 +0000 Willow Belden 53604 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org DEQ Seeks To Lower Environmental Standards For Many Streams EPA Tells DEQ to Host Public Meeting for Aquifer Exemption Request http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/epa-tells-deq-host-public-meeting-aquifer-exemption-request <p>The Environmental Protection Agency is telling the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality that it has to conduct a public hearing about an aquifer exemption request by Linc Energy. Linc is proposing an underground coal gasification project in Campbell County. The coal is in the Wyodak Aquifer, and the exemption would relieve the company from adhering to the strict protections outlined in the Safe Drinking Water Act.</p><p></p><p>DEQ already approved the aquifer exemption, but it did so without public input, so EPA, which makes the final decision, is calling for a do-over.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 23:17:46 +0000 Irina Zhorov 53383 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org EPA Tells DEQ to Host Public Meeting for Aquifer Exemption Request Environmental Quality Council rejects challenge to underground coal gasification permit http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/environmental-quality-council-rejects-challenge-underground-coal-gasification-permit <p></p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 20:32:46 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 50296 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Environmental Quality Council rejects challenge to underground coal gasification permit Converse County air quality monitoring in question http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/converse-county-air-quality-monitoring-question <p>The Department of Environmental Quality says it’s not clear whether they will continue monitoring air quality in Converse County after this year.</p><p>DEQ began the monitoring about a year ago, because of public concern about emissions from oil and gas development. So far, their data does not indicate any violations of air quality standards but there have been several days with high pollution levels. The agency’s Cara Keslar says they’ll probably move the monitoring station to another location after they’ve collected a full year of data.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 18:00:29 +0000 Willow Belden 50139 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Converse County air quality monitoring in question Oil industry faces mounting wastewater challenge http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/oil-industry-faces-mounting-wastewater-challenge <p>Disposing of oil&rsquo;s biggest byproduct is going to be a challenge for Wyoming in coming years. That was the takeaway from a panel discussion Wednesday about water use and energy development.</p><p></p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:01:53 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 48502 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Oil industry faces mounting wastewater challenge DEQ seeks state support to move forward with landfill closures http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/deq-seeks-state-support-move-forward-landfill-closures <p></p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 00:41:51 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 47839 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org DEQ seeks state support to move forward with landfill closures Trade associations push for increased landfill diversion http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/trade-associations-push-increased-landfill-diversion <p></p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 00:28:03 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 47838 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Trade associations push for increased landfill diversion DEQ is increasing air quality rules for the Upper Green River Basin http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/deq-increasing-air-quality-rules-upper-green-river-basin <p>The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality is issuing stricter air quality rules for the Upper Green River Basin.</p><p>The area does not meet federal air quality standards because emissions from oil and gas production have caused ozone to form. The new rules impose stricter emissions controls on new facilities, or facilities that are being modified.</p><p>The D-E-Q’s Steve Dietrich says these requirements were already in place within the boundaries of the Jonah and Pinedale Anticline gas fields … but now they’ll extend to the entire Upper Green River Basin.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 00:53:24 +0000 Willow Belden 46484 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org DEQ is increasing air quality rules for the Upper Green River Basin Landowners upset over EPA’s handover of water study in Pavillion http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/landowners-upset-over-epa-s-handover-water-study-pavillion <p>Landowners in Wyoming are upset that the Environmental Protection Agency is relinquishing its role in a study that could link hydraulic fracturing with groundwater pollution.</p><p></p><p>The State of Wyoming is taking over an investigation of water quality in Pavillion, from the EPA. Encana Oil and Gas has natural gas wells in the area…and the EPA started testing water wells there after residents complained that the water was becoming polluted. The agency released a draft report in 2011, which tentatively linked the contamination to fracking.</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 22:05:19 +0000 Irina Zhorov 42652 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Landowners upset over EPA’s handover of water study in Pavillion State looks at regulating uranium http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/state-looks-regulating-uranium <p>The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality has started work on a study to determine the feasibility of regulating a larger share of uranium mining in the state.</p><p></p><p>Currently the industry is regulated by both federal and state agencies, which some operators say is burdensome, repetitive, and increases the time necessary to receive a permit. The legislature passed a bill this session commissioning the study about becoming what’s called an agreement state.</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 14:22:37 +0000 Irina Zhorov 40808 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org State looks at regulating uranium DEQ installs air quality monitors in Casper, Rock Springs http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/deq-installs-air-quality-monitors-casper-rock-springs <p>The Department of Environmental Quality has installed air quality monitors in Casper and Rock Springs.</p><p>DEQ Spokesman Keith Guille says they want to find out what pollutants are in the air, and whether they’re occurring at levels that are hazardous to public health.</p><p></p><p>“It’s important to get a baseline of right now what we’re seeing for air quality,” Guille said. “And then also if we do find some issues, obviously we need to start looking into what may be leading into higher levels of certain constituents.”</p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 23:46:58 +0000 Willow Belden 38385 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org DEQ installs air quality monitors in Casper, Rock Springs DEQ engine emissions study shows significant non-compliance http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/deq-engine-emissions-study-shows-significant-non-compliance <p>The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality is wrapping up an engine emissions study it started in May of 2011. The study looks at emissions from engines around the state, like generators running on oil and gas fields, to find out if those emissions are in compliance with air quality laws.</p><p>DEQ Air Quality Engineer Jon Walker says operators have traditionally been in charge of monitoring their own engines, but he says that’s not a good system.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 00:59:52 +0000 Willow Belden 38279 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org DEQ engine emissions study shows significant non-compliance DEQ ponders new rules to tackle Sublette County ozone http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/deq-ponders-new-rules-tackle-sublette-county-ozone <p>The Department of Environmental Quality is considering new regulations for the energy industry in Sublette County, in order to address the ozone problem there.</p><p>Ozone is a component in smog and can lead to health problems. In Sublette County, it’s caused by emissions from the oil and gas industry.</p><p>DEQ’s air quality administrator, Steve Dietrich, says one area they want to focus on is <em>older</em> production equipment that predates the current emissions rules.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 23:40:58 +0000 Willow Belden 38077 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org DEQ ponders new rules to tackle Sublette County ozone DEQ to announce plans for tackling Pinedale ozone problem http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/deq-announce-plans-tackling-pinedale-ozone-problem <p>Tomorrow, the Department of Environmental Quality will announce how it plans to fix air quality problems near Pinedale.</p><p>Emissions from oil and gas development in Sublette County have caused ozone, or smog, to form at levels that exceed federal limits. Last year, a community task force recommended possible solutions. They called for tougher regulations on industry and more rigorous air quality monitoring, among other things.</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 15:00:54 +0000 Willow Belden 35025 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org DEQ to announce plans for tackling Pinedale ozone problem Surface discharge of water used in oil recovery common throughout Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/surface-discharge-water-used-oil-recovery-common-throughout-wyoming <p>The EPA issues water discharge permits on the Wind River Indian Reservation to oil and gas companies bringing up water with their oil.&nbsp;</p><p>That water, called produced water, is dirty and often warm even in winter. The permits are issued through an EPA waiver that allows such water to be discharged in the arid West if it’s being used beneficially.&nbsp; In the drier parts of Wyoming it is sometimes the only source of water for livestock and wildlife.</p> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 16:11:47 +0000 Irina Zhorov 33120 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Surface discharge of water used in oil recovery common throughout Wyoming Pavillion Working Group Has New Issue To Address http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/pavillion-working-group-has-new-issue-address <p>A working group looking into groundwater contamination near Pavillion is still debating findings of contamination of water wells near the town.&nbsp;</p><p>State officials are still studying the results of a U.S.&nbsp; Geological Survey test and some possible conflicting information with an Environmental Protection Agency study.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 15:34:08 +0000 Joshua Scheer 31282 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Pavillion Working Group Has New Issue To Address CO2 in stream, dead ducks prompt DEQ citation http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/co2-stream-dead-ducks-prompt-deq-citation <p>Wyoming environmental regulators say carbon dioxide bubbling up from the ground may have killed six ducks and polluted a stream.<br>&nbsp;<br>The leak happened in an area where CO2 is injected underground to help revive an old oil field and boost oil production.<br>&nbsp;<br>The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality has ordered Anadarko Petroleum to identify and control the carbon dioxide leak into Castle Creek in central Wyoming. DEQ also is telling Anadarko to monitor the stream's acidity until three consecutive tests show normal pH.<br>&nbsp; Fri, 28 Sep 2012 22:11:30 +0000 The Associated Press 30764 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org USGS releases raw data, but no analysis, about Pavillion groundwater http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/usgs-releases-raw-data-no-analysis-about-pavillion-groundwater <p>The U.S. Geological Survey has released new data about groundwater testing near Pavillion. The testing was meant to provide additional information about whether hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, caused water contamination there.</p><p>Keith Guille with the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality says no one quite knows what the results mean yet, because the USGS only provided raw numbers, not analysis.</p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 22:28:03 +0000 Willow Belden 30651 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org USGS releases raw data, but no analysis, about Pavillion groundwater Pinedale task force recommends fixes to ozone problem http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/pinedale-task-force-recommends-fixes-ozone-problem <p>A task force in Pinedale has come up with a list of recommendations for how to fix air quality problems in Sublette County.</p><p>The area violates federal air quality standards because oil and gas production have led to high levels of ozone, or smog, in recent years. So at the suggestion of Gov. Matt Mead, a group of citizens, industry reps and local leaders got together to come up with a solution.</p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 19:21:19 +0000 Willow Belden 30417 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Pinedale task force recommends fixes to ozone problem More Scrutiny For The Sinclair Oil Refinery http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/more-scrutiny-sinclair-oil-refinery <p>&nbsp;</p><p>An organization connected with the Centers for Disease Control says it believes there should be more scrutiny of emissions coming from the Sinclair Oil Refinery.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 00:10:12 +0000 Bob Beck 26065 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org More Scrutiny For The Sinclair Oil Refinery High Ozone Levels Subject Of Pinedale Meeting http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/high-ozone-levels-subject-pinedale-meeting <p>The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality says oil and gas companies in the Pinedale area are improving efforts to curb emissions on high ozone days.</p><p>The area is not in compliance with federal Clean Air Act standards, and the DEQ held a public meeting Tuesday, to brief residents on its efforts to combat the high ozone levels.</p> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 22:36:01 +0000 Willow Belden 18299 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org High Ozone Levels Subject Of Pinedale Meeting