The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is moving ahead with a proposed regulatory designation that could increase pressure on the gas industry to limit emissions that have led to severe wintertime ozone pollution in western Wyoming. The EPA is doing so while it settles a nationwide lawsuit over ozone filed by an environmental group, WildEarth Guardians. In 2009, Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal recommended that the EPA enact what's known as "nonattainment status" for ozone in the
Canadian energy corporation Encana says “the EPA made critical mistakes and misjudgments” when it released a draft report linking water contamination in the town of Pavillion to hydraulic fracturing.
Earlier this month, the EPA released a draft report on their three year water contamination investigation… indicating that ground water in the aquifer contains compounds that are “likely associated with gas production practices, including hydraulic fracturing.”
In early November, a Texas-based company called Legacy Reserves LP announced that it would purchase oil and gas properties in Fremont County: primarily properties owned by Encana in the Pavillion area. Late last week, Legacy Reserves pulled out of the deal.
In 2008 the Environmental Protection Agency launched an investigation in the Pavillion area after residents complained of health problems and changes in the odor, taste and color of their well water. Last night, the EPA released new data from deep monitoring wells in the area.
Residents of a central Wyoming community will be looking to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for more answers Wednesday to their questions about pollution in their water wells. The EPA has scheduled a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. to present its latest data on groundwater pollution in the Pavillion area in Fremont County. The meeting will take place at Wind River Middle/High School in Pavillion. Some residents blame gas drilling for polluting their water wells with hydrocarbons although any such link has yet to be