WPR News
6:16 am
Fri June 16, 2006

Wyoming and Montana Face Off Over Water Quality

Laramie, Wy – Wyoming energy companies are suing the Environmental Protection Agency. The suit is over the state of Montana's water quality rules. The companies say the rules could slow down coal bed methane development near the Powder and Tongue Rivers.
Today (Friday) Montana's Attorney General Mike McGrath said he wants his state to have a stake in the lawsuit. He says the water quality rules protect Montana's coal bed methane industry. His reasoning is that if Wyoming companies put the maximum amount of sodium into the rivers that come into Montana, companies there won't be able to drill any coal bed methane.
As Montana waits to hear whether it can become a party in the lawsuit to defend its standards, the state of Wyoming already has said it will support the side of its coal-bed methane companies.