WPR News
1:47 pm
Tue May 4, 2004

Coalbed Methane Water Concerns An Issue In Sheridan

Sheridan, Wy – A group of Sheridan homeowners claim coal-bed
methane development is lowering water well levels, but a drilling
company denies the charge.
Allison Cole of Beatty Spur Subdivision north of Sheridan claims
methane development is reducing well production and water levels.
However, Bill DeLapp of J-M Huber Corporation disputes that
methane development is to blame.
He says a number of other reasons could explain the drop,
including drought, increased water well density in the subdivision
and overpumping of the wells.
But DeLapp says under the company's "good neighbor" policy,
J-M Huber has hauled water to three homes with lower well levels,
and is working with residents to establish a community water
system.