Casper, Wy – Wyoming Water Development officials say the state could use byproduct water from a Colorado company's proposed
drilling project along the North Platte River to meet interstate
Dudley and Associates, a Colorado company, proposes to drill
more than 12-hundred oil and gas wells along the river in Carbon
County. The wells would produce about 12-thousand-800 acre feet of
water per year. An acre foot is about 325-thousand gallons.
Environmentalists and Governor Dave Freudenthal have expressed
concerns about the project, saying the produced water would be
saltier than the water already in the river. The Miracle Mile, a
famous fishing spot, is directly downstream from the reservoir.
Mike Besson, director of the Wyoming Water Development Office,
says the state would be interested in getting rights to the
produced water entering Seminoe Reservoir to help meet its delivery
obligations to other states on the North Platte River. However, he
said the state would only want the water if it meets all federal
and state water quality standards.