CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The state of Wyoming is announcing that it will further investigate drinking water quality in the rural area east of Pavillion, Wyo., according to a press release.
This will be done with the support of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) and the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (WOGCC) will lead the scientific investigation and will seek to address water quality concerns by evaluating the water quality of certain domestic water wells, the integrity of certain oil and gas wells and historic pits in the Pavillion area, stated the release.
The state of Wyoming intends to conclude its investigation and release a final report by September 30, 2014.
The state’s investigation seeks to clarify water quality concerns and assess the need for any further action to protect drinking water resources. Wyoming will continue its work to assure residents have a clean source of drinking water available, noted the release.
“It is in everyone’s best interest — particularly the citizens who live outside of Pavillion — that Wyoming and the EPA reach an unbiased, scientifically supportable conclusion,” said Governor Matt Mead. “I commend the EPA and Encana for working with me to chart a positive course for this investigation. I commit that Wyoming will work in a thoughtful and productive manner as further investigation is initiated.”
Read the entire press release here.