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Water threatening paint dump site in Billings Heights declared clean

An auto paint dump site in the Billings Heights has been declared clean by state environmental officials nearly 20 years after it was discovered. 

April 16, 2014 1:30 pmLoading…

New Wyoming water testing rule doesn't include punishment for pollution

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming’s groundwater-testing rule goes into effect today amid questions from industry and environmentalists over how it will be implemented.

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USGS: Deicer seeped into Jackson Hole groundwater

JACKSON, Wyo. — A U.S. Geological Survey study has found that deicing fluid sprayed on planes at Jackson Hole Airport likely seeped into the groundwater.

January 08, 2014 4:30 pmLoading…

Delays on long-awaited reports for Pavillion-area groundwater angers landowners

RIVERTON, Wyo. - State officials said Tuesday two reports in the Pavillion area groundwater investigation would be delayed until early 2014, further angering landowners who have for years complained nearby natural gas operations contaminated their water wells. A third report will likely be d…

December 18, 2013 12:16 pmLoading…

Guard cites progress in contamination cleanup

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - A project to clean up groundwater contamination in a residential area near the Wyoming Air National Guard Base in Cheyenne is making progress.

December 07, 2013 6:56 pmLoading…
Industry tabulates cost of groundwater testing proposal

Industry tabulates cost of groundwater testing proposal

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Oil and gas industry officials estimate that the cost to test four water sources within in a half mile of a well, in accordance with a proposed state groundwater rule, will be $18,000. That’s according to Jerimiah Rieman, Gov. Matt Mead’s natural resources policy adviser, wh…

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EPA won't finalize Wyoming fracking-pollution study

EPA won't finalize Wyoming fracking-pollution study

CHEYENNE — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has dropped plans to have outside experts review its theory that hydraulic fracturing may have played a role in groundwater pollution in Wyoming, and the agency no longer plans to write a final report on its research that led to the controv…

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Groundwater test proposal gets good reviews

CHEYENNE — Gov. Matt Mead's proposal to require groundwater testing at oil and gas drilling sites has gotten good reviews from environmental advocates, landowners and industry representatives.

May 17, 2013 3:41 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Bullock should protect water rights, veto SB347

During pretty much every Montana Legislature the mining industry comes in asking for special gifts. This session the industry wants the ability to trump water rights -- all water rights, including very old, established rights for agricultural irrigation, hydropower, municipalities and fisher…

April 22, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Wyoming explores oil-gas regs for groundwater testing

Wyoming explores oil-gas regs for groundwater testing

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming governor's office is looking into possibly requiring petroleum companies that drill for oil and gas in Wyoming to test the local groundwater for any pollution before they sink a drill bit into the ground.

February 04, 2013 3:08 pm Photos

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EPA under fire for thrice-delayed Pavillion investigation

EPA under fire for thrice-delayed Pavillion investigation

CASPER, Wyo. — Federal environmental regulators have once again lengthened their investigation into potential groundwater contamination at a west-central Wyoming natural gas field, riling the operator in the field and area landowners, who are both fed up with the delays.

January 10, 2013 5:25 pmLoading…

Groundwater cleanup enters final phase

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Before the end of the month, weather permitting, Cheyenne residents who drive on ultra-busy Dell Range Boulevard may be distracted by a 100-foot tall crane set at the Wyoming Air National Guard base.

November 24, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…

Fight over huge home near Jackson lands in court

JACKSON, Wyo. - A Henderson, Nevada man has gone to court to win permission to build a 16,000-square-foot house near Jackson.

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Wyoming launches cistern program for Pavillion area

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality has begun signing up Pavillion-area residents who want fresh drinking water trucked to their homes to replace contaminated well water that might have got that way because of gas development.

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State of Wyoming proposes cisterns for Pavillion residents

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The state of Wyoming will hear out Pavillion residents’ opinions later this month on whether to establish a series of water cisterns for households whose groundwater has allegedly been contaminated from hydraulic fracturing.

May 23, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…
Western Sugar pays $20,000 fine for clean water violations

Western Sugar pays $20,000 fine for clean water violations

Western Sugar Cooperative has paid a $20,000 fine for water quality violations stemming from a 15-million gallon holding pond breach that flooded south Billings in 2011.

April 02, 2012 5:06 pm Photos

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EPA, Wyoming tribes agree to more groundwater testing

CHEYENNE — The state of Wyoming, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and two American Indian tribes announced Thursday they have agreed to additional testing of groundwater that the federal agency says may have become contaminated by gas development that includes hydraulic fracturing.

March 08, 2012 12:21 pmLoading…
More testing likely in Wyoming water pollution case

More testing likely in Wyoming water pollution case

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — It appears more testing will be done in a Wyoming gas field where the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency theorizes a link between hydraulic fracturing and groundwater pollution.

February 21, 2012 5:00 pmLoading…

State water chief pans Laramie aquifer purchase

CHEYENNE — A proposed state purchase of 11,000 acres east of Laramie wouldn't fully protect the city's drinking water supply, an official said in a letter to the governor.

February 07, 2012 2:16 pmLoading…
EPA implicates fracking in pollution for first time

EPA implicates fracking in pollution for first time

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday for the first time that hydraulic fracturing -- a controversial method of improving the productivity of oil and gas wells -- may be to blame for causing groundwater pollution, based on testing in a Wyoming natural gas field.

December 08, 2011 11:07 am Photos

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