State Engineer Shuts Down Wells That Waste Water

Gillette, Wy – The State Engineers office is moving forward with efforts to shut down production of Coalbed Methane Wells that produce water but little gas. Already permits have been revoked for 240 such wells in the Powder River Basin and this week State Engineer Pat Tyrell sent letters expressing concern about 992 wells. He says the goal is to stop wasting groundwater.
Tyrell says most operators are very cooperative and do shut down wells. He adds that the vast majority of wells in the Powder River Basin do produce gas.