Thunder Basin Methane Drilling Opposed

Laramie, WY – A Laramie-based conservation group says it will oppose plans to allow more than 200 new methane wells in and around the Thunder Basin National Grassland. Eric Molvar of Biodiversity Conservation Alliance says the Big Porcupine Coalbed Methane Project in Campbell and Converse counties will send potentially toxic water into rivers and introduce human activity in pristine habitats. He says the forest service plans to allow millions of gallons of salty wastewater to be dumped into waterways. Molvan says his group would feel better if the drilling companies reinject the wastewater back into the wells after the gas is extracted. The forest service recently released its draft environmental assessment of the project. Public comment is being taken through January 23rd.