water http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Coalbed Methane Extraction Altered Water Quality In Powder River, Study Finds http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/coalbed-methane-extraction-altered-water-quality-powder-river-study-finds <p>A U.S. Geological Survey study shows that coalbed methane development has changed the chemistry of the surface water in parts of the Powder River. CBM wastewater was often discharged directly or indirectly into the stream. &nbsp;</p><p>The study analyzed three decades of data and determined that after extraction activities, the water contained more sodium and bicarbonate, which are compounds commonly found in CBM wastewater.</p><p>Report author Steve Sando says high sodium levels can be bad for irrigation, but he says the concentrations in the Powder River are not alarmingly high.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 01:18:10 +0000 Willow Belden 54668 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Coalbed Methane Extraction Altered Water Quality In Powder River, Study Finds 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 Laramie County water study shows varied rates of drawdown http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/laramie-county-water-study-shows-varied-rates-drawdown <p>Draft results of a hydrogeologic study in Laramie County indicate that water is being used at different rates, in different parts of the county.</p><p>The State Engineer’s office undertook the study because of water shortages in the area. They wanted to find out why water levels have been declining, and whether the drawdowns are equally bad everywhere.</p><p>State Engineer Pat Tyrrell says what they’ve found so far is somewhat reassuring.</p><p>“It does appear that most of the drawdown issues are localized,” Tyrrell said. “And that’s a good result to know.”</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 00:10:32 +0000 Willow Belden 52679 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Laramie County water study shows varied rates of drawdown Environmental groups urge speedy development of pollution prevention plan for Pinedale http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/environmental-groups-urge-speedy-development-pollution-prevention-plan-pinedale <p>Environmental groups are urging the Bureau of Land Management to quickly develop a plan for preventing future groundwater pollution in the Pinedale Anticline gas fields.</p><p>The BLM released a report this week that said groundwater contamination in the area was mostly not a result of natural gas production. But Bruce Pendery with the Wyoming Outdoor Council says regulators still need to be vigilant in preventing potential future problems.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 01:17:59 +0000 Willow Belden 50410 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Environmental groups urge speedy development of pollution prevention plan for Pinedale Encana breaks ground on water treatment facility http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/encana-breaks-ground-water-treatment-facility <p>Encana broke ground today on a&nbsp;treatment facility for produced water -- the contaminated water that's pulled up along with oil in the drilling process. The Neptune Water Treatment Facility will sit outside of Casper and serve the Moneta Divide field, which currently has about 300 wells but could eventually have more than 4-thousand. The facility will treat some of the produced water from current wells. A controversial plan to inject wastewater into the Madison Aquifer is another water disposal method Encana plans to use in the field.</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 00:17:37 +0000 Irina Zhorov 49522 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Encana breaks ground on water treatment facility State begins to develop a water strategy http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/state-begins-develop-water-strategy <p> Calling water a valuable Wyoming resource, Governor Matt Mead’s office is in the process of developing a long term water strategy similar to the recently developed energy policy.&nbsp; &nbsp;Beginning this week a series of meetings will take place across the state that will gather feedback from citizens on how the state should proceed.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Mead policy analyst Nephi &nbsp;Cole&nbsp; said they expect to hear about a number of issues.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 15:59:38 +0000 Bob Beck 49363 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org State begins to develop a water strategy UW’s WyCEHG program could help Wyoming get the most out of its water http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/uw-s-wycehg-program-could-help-wyoming-get-most-out-its-water <p></p><p>In such an arid state as Wyoming, water is precious. Last year, the University of Wyoming created the Wyoming Center for Hydrology and Geophysics, combining field experts and state-of-the art technology to better understand where water goes in after it falls from the sky, since much of it ends up in snowpack or underground.</p><p>There isn’t too much information available about that, but it’s important to state and local water managers, who need to know just how much water they have to work with. Rebecca Martinez reports.</p><p>(beeping)</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 22:03:16 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 48950 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org UW’s WyCEHG program could help Wyoming get the most out of its water Cloud seeding to play role in Wyoming water management http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/cloud-seeding-play-role-wyoming-water-management <p><span dir="ltr">How to deal with future variability in water supplies was the topic of conversation at a conference Wednesday about water use and energy development.</span></p><p></p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 13:53:07 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 48564 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Cloud seeding to play role in Wyoming water management 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 Legislative committee interrogates baseline testing rule http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/legislative-committee-interrogates-baseline-testing-rule <p></p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 00:56:37 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 47709 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Legislative committee interrogates baseline testing rule Moratorium on new water permits extended http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/moratorium-new-water-permits-extended <p>Wyoming will not issue any new permits for agricultural or other high-capacity water wells in the Ogallala Aquifer, until a hydrogeologic study of the area is completed.</p><p>The Ogallala supplies water to southeastern Wyoming and many other states, and State Engineer Pat Tyrrell says the water is being used up too quickly.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve continued to see declines in the water level,&rdquo; Tyrrell said. &ldquo;And at some point, if we don&rsquo;t arrest that decline, we&rsquo;re essentially going to pump ourselves right out of water.&rdquo;</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 00:40:00 +0000 Willow Belden 47548 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Moratorium on new water permits extended Colorado Basin states cut back water flow to deal with low reservoir levels http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/colorado-basin-states-cut-back-water-flow-deal-low-reservoir-levels <p></p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 21:41:39 +0000 Irina Zhorov 45480 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Colorado Basin states cut back water flow to deal with low reservoir levels Conservation groups use videos to encourage improving water quality http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/conservation-groups-use-videos-encourage-improving-water-quality <p>Three conservation organizations have released a series of web videos, encouraging Wyomingites to improve water quality.</p><p>The videos highlight best management practices some landowners are using to handle E. coli, selenium and sediment, among other issues.</p><p>Kathy Rosenthal is the watershed coordinator for the Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts, one of the partner groups producing the videos. Rosenthal acknowledged a lack of awareness as one of the major obstacles for Wyoming’s water quality going forward.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 13:03:27 +0000 Jordan Harper 45339 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Conservation groups use videos to encourage improving water quality USGS will merge Wyoming and Montana water monitoring offices http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/usgs-will-merge-wyoming-and-montana-water-monitoring-offices <p></p><p></p><p>The US Geological Survey will merge operations from their Wyoming and Montana Water Science Centers this fall.<br>&nbsp;</p><p>The centers measure stream flow and quality in each state, which share two water sheds and have similar geography.<br>&nbsp;</p><p>Wyoming-based USGS Hydrologist says currently, each team can only do monitoring up to the state line.<br>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 27 Jul 2013 00:42:52 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 44402 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org USGS will merge Wyoming and Montana water monitoring offices Metal-laden discharges from coal plants poorly regulated http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/metal-laden-discharges-coal-plants-poorly-regulated <p>A new report by the environmental group Sierra Club says at least three coal-fired power plants in Wyoming discharge pollution containing metals into streams. According to the report, some plants do not monitor how much waste they discharge or what it contains.</p><p>The Environmental Protection Agency says coal plants nationwide contribute more than half of the toxic pollutants discharged to water bodies by regulated industry, but discharge standards have not been updated since 1982.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 13:14:07 +0000 Irina Zhorov 44356 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Metal-laden discharges from coal plants poorly regulated Groundwater use restrictions placed on parts of Goshen County http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/groundwater-use-restrictions-placed-parts-goshen-county <p>Wyoming State Engineer Pat Tyrrell has placed restrictions on groundwater use near LaGrange in Goshen County.</p><p>Tyrrell says there’s not enough water to go round in the Horse Creek Basin, and that groundwater and surface water in the area are connected. That means people with wells could be taking water that surface water users are entitled to.</p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 14:08:19 +0000 Willow Belden 44180 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Groundwater use restrictions placed on parts of Goshen County EPA to consider renewing produced water discharge permits on Wind River Reservation http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/epa-consider-renewing-produced-water-discharge-permits-wind-river-reservation <p>The Environmental Protection Agency is taking public comments on the extension of several water discharge permits on the Wind River Indian Reservation.</p><p>The EPA is looking at renewing existing permits that allow companies to pump waste water from oil and gas fields to the surface on the Reservation. The produced water exemption allows this practice only in the arid West. In general, state agencies have tighter regulations than the EPA about what can be pumped to the surface, but tribal land is under the EPA’s jurisdiction.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 12:57:41 +0000 Irina Zhorov 43989 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org EPA to consider renewing produced water discharge permits on Wind River Reservation Event to consider future management of the Snake River http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/event-consider-future-management-snake-river <p>The Summit on the Snake – an annual conference about use of the Snake River – will take place in Jackson this Saturday. Speakers will discuss the wildlife, history, ecology, and management of the Snake River and there will be a panel regarding the future of river management in Jackson Hole.</p><p>Snake River Fund Program Director, Margaret Creel, says the Bureau of Land Management will transfer management duties to Teton County soon, and the county needs to figure out how to manage the resource responsibly. Currently, river use is unregulated.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 22:52:47 +0000 Irina Zhorov 41991 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Event to consider future management of the Snake River Mining reclamation conference shares lessons for reclamation success http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mining-reclamation-conference-shares-lessons-reclamation-success <p>An international conference about mining reclamation ended in Laramie today. The American Society of Mining and Reclamation and the Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Center hosted the event, which featured technical presentations about reclamation issues as well as policy questions and case studies.</p><p>UW professor and director of the Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Center, Pete Stahl, says there were many Australian and Chinese stakeholders in attendance.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 19:07:46 +0000 Irina Zhorov 41962 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mining reclamation conference shares lessons for reclamation success Environmental groups sue BNSF Railways and coal producers http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/environmental-groups-sue-bnsf-railways-and-coal-producers <p>The Sierra Club and partner organizations filed a lawsuit today against BNSF Railways and several coal producers. The suit claims the companies are violating the federal Clean Water Act when they discharge coal dust along railways from the Powder River Basin without permits to do so.</p><p>Pacific Northwest Regional Press Secretary for Sierra Club’ Beyond Coal campaign, Krista Collard, says a letter of intent to file the suit was sent to all parties two months ago, but they did little to limit coal dust pollution.</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 22:11:58 +0000 Irina Zhorov 41854 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Environmental groups sue BNSF Railways and coal producers 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 Despite storms, Wyoming could still face summer water shortages http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/despite-storms-wyoming-could-still-face-summer-water-shortages <p></p><p></p><p>Last year’s drought could impact the Wyoming water supply this summer.<br><br>The National Weather Service says that, although recent storms have helped replenish mountain snowpack, there might not be enough to get back to normal levels of runoff, which is state’s most common water source for crops and municipalities.<br><br>NWS Hydrologist Jim Fahey says that’s because the upper soil levels were parched by the drought and will likely absorb much of the runoff. Fahey says this could become especially problematic for some people during the summer months.</p><p></p> Wed, 08 May 2013 23:41:52 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 40476 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Despite storms, Wyoming could still face summer water shortages 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 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 Report says states need to better monitor water usage by the oil and gas industry http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/report-says-states-need-better-monitor-water-usage-oil-and-gas-industry <p>A report by the Western Organization of Resource Councils says the oil and gas industry is using at least seven billion gallons of water per year in just four states: Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota. The report says after industry is done with that water, it turns into a hazardous material, and in some cases cannot be reused for other purposes.</p><p>Powder River Basin Resource Council member Robert LeResche says he’s also worried about states’ lack of regulations regarding the <em>quantity</em> of water used.</p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 22:38:47 +0000 Irina Zhorov 39846 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Report says states need to better monitor water usage by the oil and gas industry '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 Water users seek voluntary measures to deal with shortage http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/water-users-seek-voluntary-measures-deal-shortage <p>Wyoming State Engineer Pat Tyrrell says he’s optimistic that community members will be able to come up with voluntary measures to manage water resources in the Horse Creek Basin in southeastern Wyoming.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Tyrrell says there appears to be a water shortage, and he says it’s complicated figuring out how much water everyone is entitled to, because groundwater and surface water are connected in the area.</p><p>Tyrrell hosted a public hearing in LaGrange on Friday to gather input from water users about what to do, and he says the meeting was productive.</p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 00:11:16 +0000 Willow Belden 39439 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Water users seek voluntary measures to deal with shortage Encana needs to satisfy EPA's concerns before injecting into Madison aquifer http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/encana-needs-satisfy-epas-concerns-injecting-madison-aquifer <p>The Environmental Protection Agency is asking for more information from Encana Oil and Gas before signing off on the company’s request for an aquifer exemption. Encana wants to pump waste water into the Madison Aquifer from their oil and gas field in the Moneta Divide. The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has already approved the request, but the EPA says the modeling of the plume that Encana did is too broad and the agency wants more information about why, according to Encana, the relatively clean water can’t be used for other purposes .</p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 21:26:05 +0000 Irina Zhorov 39218 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Encana needs to satisfy EPA's concerns before injecting into Madison aquifer Native American leader says protecting water rights is key for tribes http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/native-american-leader-says-protecting-water-rights-key-tribes <p>Native American tribes need to make sure they are protecting their natural resources. Eastern Shoshone Business Council member Wes Martel, from the Wind River Indian Reservation, spoke during a University of Wyoming American Indian Studies program this week. Martel said tribes need to be more careful about the kinds of contracts they enter into for energy development. He added that water is the new gold but very few tribes are taking real steps to secure this resource. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 18:26:34 +0000 Irina Zhorov 39088 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Native American leader says protecting water rights is key for tribes State engineer seeks input on handling apparent water shortage http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/state-engineer-seeks-input-handling-apparent-water-shortage <p>The state engineer’s office says in parts of Laramie and Goshen Counties, demand for water appears to exceed supply.</p><p></p><p>State Engineer Pat Tyrrell says groundwater and surface water are connected in that area, so people who draw down the water in their wells are affecting water in streams, which means less water flows into the Hawk Spring Reservoir. He says there hasn’t been enough water to go around for quite some time.</p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 22:49:29 +0000 Willow Belden 38873 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org State engineer seeks input on handling apparent water shortage