Pavillion http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en State Will Release Draft And Final Pavillion Reports http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/state-will-release-draft-and-final-pavillion-reports <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The state says it will release both the draft and final versions of reports investigating water contamination in&nbsp;Pavillion. The clarification comes after landowners wrote a letter to Governor Matt Mead protesting the state’s plan to release the draft to Encana, the oil and gas company some accuse of polluting the water, before releasing it to the public.</span></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:26:05 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 61182 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org State Will Release Draft And Final Pavillion Reports Water Deliveries Begin To Pavillion http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/water-deliveries-begin-pavillion <p>A program to provide clean water to residents of Pavillion will get underway in the next week. The town has problems with contaminated well water, which some attribute to nearby oil and gas development. An investigation into the source of the contamination is ongoing, but the governor’s natural resources policy advisor, Jerimiah Rieman, says the state felt it had a responsibility to take action -- not only for residents’ health, but also their assets.<br /> Wed, 07 May 2014 00:24:14 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 57921 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Water Deliveries Begin To Pavillion Pavillion Cistern Program To Receive Money For Water Delivery http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/pavillion-cistern-program-receive-money-water-delivery <p>Governor Matt Mead is committing $400,000 dollars for water delivery to households with cisterns in the Pavillion area. Residents have long complained of unusable well water, which some blame on nearby natural gas development. The money is part of a grant from Encana Oil and Gas, which operates in the Pavillion gas field.</p><p>19 cisterns are currently being installed, with another 13 households signed up.</p><p>The Governor’s Natural Resources Policy Advisor, Jerimiah Rieman, says residents will meet later this week to discuss how to use the money.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:55:35 +0000 Irina Zhorov 53174 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Pavillion Cistern Program To Receive Money For Water Delivery Small Emission Sources Could Mean Big Pollution, But No One’s Counting http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/small-emission-sources-could-mean-big-pollution-no-one-s-counting <p>Some landowners with oil and gas wells on their property complain about emissions affecting their air quality and health. But though there may be a lot of wells, they’re considered small facilities, so their cumulative effects are never counted up and regulations are more lax than for large emitters. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov reports that that could be a problem since in aggregate, their pollution can be significant.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 00:15:52 +0000 Irina Zhorov 52773 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Small Emission Sources Could Mean Big Pollution, But No One’s Counting Cistern program for Pavillion may need additional funds http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/cistern-program-pavillion-may-need-additional-funds <p></p><p>A cistern installation project for Pavillion-area residents may need more funds from the legislature. The state allocated $750,000 dollars to install clean water cisterns for households with polluted groundwater. All but $100,000 dollars is already contracted out and 9 additional applications are underway.</p><p>But Governor Matt Mead’s natural resource policy advisor, Jerimiah Rieman, says the true budget won’t be known until the first round of cisterns is installed.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 00:21:37 +0000 Irina Zhorov 51851 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Cistern program for Pavillion may need additional funds 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 report tentatively to be released this year http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/pavillion-report-tentatively-be-released-year <p>The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission says it hopes to file a report about well bore integrity in Pavillion by the end of the year.</p><p></p><p>The report will be part of a larger effort to figure out the causes of groundwater contamination in Pavillion. The study will include a total of about 50 oil and gas exploration and production wells located within a quarter mile of 14 domestic water wells.</p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 23:01:58 +0000 Irina Zhorov 44768 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Pavillion report tentatively to be released this year 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. Gov. Mead speaks about state takeover of the Pavillion water study and potential investments http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/gov-mead-speaks-about-state-takeover-pavillion-water-study-and-potential-investments <p>Governor Matt Mead says he trusts the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality to deliver trustworthy results when it takes over the Pavillion water contamination study from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A draft of the study initiated by the EPA was released in 2011 and tentatively linked groundwater contamination with fracking, something industry expressed skepticism about.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Mead says he’s not sure yet whether the state study will be peer reviewed once it’s completed.</p><p></p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 22:54:10 +0000 Irina Zhorov 44157 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Gov. Mead speaks about state takeover of the Pavillion water study and potential investments Gov. Mead speaks about the Pavillion water study, state revenues, doctors in the state, and more http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/gov-mead-speaks-about-pavillion-water-study-state-revenues-doctors-state-and-more <p>Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov caught up with Governor Matt Mead to check in about some big changes in the state in the coming months. Her first question was about the Environmental Protection Agency’s report on contaminated water in Pavillion and the state’s takeover of the study.</p><p>Though the entities involved in the study have previously expressed skepticism over the EPA’s findings, Governor Mead says he has no doubts that the state’s study will be unbiased.</p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 21:48:33 +0000 Irina Zhorov 44039 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Gov. Mead speaks about the Pavillion water study, state revenues, doctors in the state, and more Governor says Wyoming will do a better job with Pavillion than the EPA http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/governor-says-wyoming-will-do-better-job-pavillion-epa <p> Wyoming’s Governor says the state will work hard to find out what contaminated water in Pavillion , and will develop a long term solution to the water woes for residents in the area.&nbsp;</p><p>Last month the E-P-A announced it was relinquishing its role in a study that had tentatively linked hydraulic fracturing with groundwater pollution. Landowners are upset with that the fact that the state will now handle the investigation.&nbsp; Governor Matt Mead says the E-P-A was taking too long.&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong></p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 00:27:13 +0000 Bob Beck 43522 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Governor says Wyoming will do a better job with Pavillion than the EPA 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 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 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 'Gasland 2,' a documentary about fracking issues, premiers this weekend http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/gasland-2-documentary-about-fracking-issues-premiers-weekend <p>‘Gasland 2’, a sequel to the 2010 documentary ‘Gasland,’ premiers this weekend in New York City. The original film focused on land owners alleging that oil and gas development on their land contaminated their water sources. The movie is thought to have brought the terms ‘fracking’ into the mainstream. The films’ director, Josh Fox, says the sequel investigates how government and regulatory agencies have dealt with what affected land owners say is contamination by industry.</p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 23:40:35 +0000 Irina Zhorov 39585 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org 'Gasland 2,' a documentary about fracking issues, premiers this weekend 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 Governor Mead will let science and testing guide them on Pavillion http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/governor-mead-will-let-science-and-testing-guide-them-pavillion <p>Last week, the U-S Geological Survey released testing it did on water wells near the town of Pavillion.</p><p>Governor Matt Mead says the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality is still reviewing the data and he’s not prepared to comment until he reads their analysis.&nbsp; The Environmental Protection Agency did follow-up testing as well and should release those results soon.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 18:57:46 +0000 Bob Beck 30892 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Governor Mead will let science and testing guide them on Pavillion 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 Investigation Of Contaminated Pavillion Water Presses On http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/investigation-contaminated-pavillion-water-presses <p>HOST: In December, the Environmental Protection Agency released a draft report tentatively linking water contamination in the town of Pavillion to hydraulic fracturing activities in the area. The release of the draft report caused a spectacle, and state, federal and tribal agencies have now caught in a bureaucratic holding pattern, while residents affected by contaminated water wait in a form of investigative limbo. Wyoming Public Radio’s Tristan Ahtone attended a recent Pavillion Work Group meeting to get updates on the investigation.</p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 23:03:15 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 27620 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Investigation Of Contaminated Pavillion Water Presses On Pavillion residents may apply for water tanks http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/pavillion-residents-may-apply-water-tanks <p>Residents in the town of Pavillion will soon be able to receive water cistern systems. A cistern is a water holding tank.&nbsp; Pavillion is at the center of an ongoing Environmental Protection Agency investigation on whether hydraulic fracturing has contaminated the towns drinking water.</p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 23:56:01 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 26778 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Pavillion residents may apply for water tanks The Wyoming Oil and Gas Supervisor resigns http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-oil-and-gas-supervisor-resigns <p>The Wyoming Oil and Gas Supervisor Tom Doll has resigned.&nbsp;</p><p>Doll recently apologized for saying greed is motivating people in the Pavillion area who blame hydraulic fracturing for polluting the groundwater around the small central Wyoming community.&nbsp;</p><p>The remark was made at a meeting of regulators in Vancouver.&nbsp; Renny MacKay, a spokesman for Governor Mead said that Doll&rsquo;s remarks didn&rsquo;t reflect the view of the Matt Mead administration.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 23:10:13 +0000 Bob Beck 25542 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org The Wyoming Oil and Gas Supervisor resigns Pavillion residents share mixed feelings about cistern solution to contaminated wells http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/pavillion-residents-share-mixed-feelings-about-cistern-solution-contaminated-wells <p>Wyoming plans to install water cisterns at the homes of residents in the Pavillion area’s natural gas field. An EPA draft report suggests contaminants in area wells are connected to hydraulic fracturing, but state officials say the cause of the contamination is unknown.<br>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 13:26:57 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 24894 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Pavillion residents share mixed feelings about cistern solution to contaminated wells Wyoming working on a water solution for Pavillion http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-working-water-solution-pavillion <p> As testing continues on whether fracking contaminated groundwater in the Pavillion area, Governor Matt Mead and state officials will host a meeting next week on a new way to get fresh water to citizens.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 23 May 2012 23:57:45 +0000 Bob Beck 24522 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming working on a water solution for Pavillion Pavillion residents feel betrayed by EPA report delay http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/pavillion-residents-feel-betrayed-epa-report-delay <p>A group of Pavillion residents says Wyoming officials betrayed them by delaying the release of information tentatively connecting hydraulic fracturing with groundwater pollution in the area.</p><p>An Associated Press investigation shows that Gov. Matt Mead convinced the Environmental Protection Agency to delay its draft report on the contamination by a full month. Mead and other state officials used the extra time to try and debunk the findings before they could harm the oil and gas industries.</p> Mon, 07 May 2012 12:56:52 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 23674 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Pavillion residents feel betrayed by EPA report delay Review blames fracking for water contamination in Pavillion http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/review-blames-fracking-water-contamination-pavillion <p>A new independent review of the E-P-A study on hydraulic fracturing in Pavillion confirms the link between water contamination and fracking. The review was requested by a conglomerate of environmental groups.</p><p>One of the criticisms of the E-P-A study was that it was poorly conducted science, and therefore, put forth unreliable conclusions. But the hydrologic consultant who did the review, Tom Myers, says the E-P-A did goodwork.</p> Wed, 02 May 2012 00:53:30 +0000 Irina Zhorov 23423 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Review blames fracking for water contamination in Pavillion Federal, State, And Tribal Officials Push Back Final Report On Pavillion http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/federal-state-and-tribal-officials-push-back-final-report-pavillion <p>State, tribal and federal officials have agreed to work collaboratively in Pavillion to do further sampling and collect more data in their water monitoring wells. The move is expected to push back a final report on a possible link between water contamination and hydraulic fracturing in the area until later this year.</p> Thu, 08 Mar 2012 19:10:57 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 20755 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Federal, State, And Tribal Officials Push Back Final Report On Pavillion Legislator Says Tribes Should Not Take Lead On Reservation http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/legislator-says-tribes-should-not-take-lead-reservation <p>With problems over water contamination in the town of Pavillion, and possible actions to remediate a contaminated uranium site on the Wind River Reservation,&nbsp; tribal officials have pushed to be the lead agency in both situations, as the areas impacted are within the boundaries of the reservation and impact tribal trust assets.</p> Sat, 25 Feb 2012 00:33:16 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 20110 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Legislator Says Tribes Should Not Take Lead On Reservation Senate addresses Pavillion water with money http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/senate-addresses-pavillion-water-money <p>The Wyoming Senate has approved adding 750-thousand dollars for a water system to help residents of Pavillion whose water may be contaminated. The E-P-A has indicated that a number of residents should not drink water from their wells do to high levels of contaminants.&nbsp;</p><p>Senator Eli Bebout asked for the funding in the omnibus water bill, but senator Charles Scott questioned why the State needs to pay for the water and wondered how bad it really was.&nbsp;</p><p>Bebout said that for some, the water is a problem.</p> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 00:39:37 +0000 Bob Beck 19867 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Senate addresses Pavillion water with money Governor Mead Pledges Support For Impacted Water Users In Pavillion http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/governor-mead-pledges-support-impacted-water-users-pavillion <p>At a meeting with Pavillion residents this morning, Governor Mead said he wants to continue providing people with safe water.</p><p>Pavillion is at the center of an EPA investigation about whether hydraulic fracturing has contaminated the town’s drinking water supply. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease recommended that residents refrain from drinking the water AND shower with their windows open, and as a result, area oil and gas producer EnCana, and the state of Wyoming, are now paying to have bottled water delivered to residents.</p> Tue, 07 Feb 2012 00:45:50 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 19155 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Governor Mead Pledges Support For Impacted Water Users In Pavillion Tribes seek greater role in Pavillion investigation http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/tribes-seek-greater-role-pavillion-investigation <p>In the wake of a congressional hearing over a draft report by the Environmental Protection Agency that links hydraulic fracturing with water contamination in the town of Pavillion, the Wind River Tribes are pushing to take a bigger role in the investigation.</p> Mon, 06 Feb 2012 16:55:48 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 19121 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Tribes seek greater role in Pavillion investigation