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Pavillion investigation focuses on pollution source

This new emphasis on pits and well bores may please local residents as well as industry. Residents say it’s essential to understand the source of the pollution to avoid long-term health dangers. And the oil and gas industry claims that the drinking water contamination has been unfairly pinned on hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”

Neighbors suspect the contamination does has something to do with natural gas wells interspersed throughout the area where oil and gas has been developed over several decades. Most recently, EnCana Oil & Gas USA bought the field from Tom Brown Inc. in 2004 and performed several frack treatments on the wells.
However, some residents say fracking may not be the single cause of the water problem, or even a contributor.

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Former state legislator; 'All we lack is some leadership'

At a University of Wyoming forum on hydraulic fracturing on Monday, some attendees questioned whether Wyoming’s leaders are too chummy with the industry to fix identified regulatory loopholes and generally look after non-industry interests with sufficient enthusiasm.

“All we lack is some leadership in this state to deal with these issues that are so important to (Wyoming citizens) who are not represented,” said Pete Jorgenson, a former Democratic Wyoming House Representative from Jackson.

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'Wild lands' bullet dodged, oil still spills in Wyoming

‘Wild lands’ bullet dodged, oil still spills in Wyoming The Obama administration’s announcement this week to dump the so-called “wild lands policy” was not unexpected. The policy was already dead in April when the GOP successfully barred the Interior department from spending money to implement the program. “I am pleased the Administration appears to finally […]

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Why the defeatist attitude toward carbon sequestration?

In 1969 the U.S. set off a 40 kiloton nuclear bomb underground near Rulison, Colo., to “stimulate” natural gas production. But, hey, it’s the slow, monitored injection of CO2 that’s going to set off an earthquake.

To be fair, the numbers produced in modeling carbon sequestration are staggering. According to one initial estimate by the Wyoming State Geological Survey, the Rock Springs Uplift in southwest Wyoming could accept up to 26 billion tons of CO2. That’s a lot of liquefied gas. Wyoming’s gross gas production over the past three years equals only about 0.006 percent of that volume.