Draft EIS for 4,250-well project that anticipates $198 million a year in tax revenue is linked to Wyoming’s plan for discharging treated and tainted water into Boysen Reservoir.
Thermopolis mayor, whose town drinks from the Bighorn River, also wants to know what’s currently in the water.
Nine days following the discovery of gasoline seeping into the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie River in Lander responders are still trying to stem the flow.
Big Horn County, the town of Thermopolis and a conservation district want the DEQ to explain to their communities its plan to allow discharges of pollutants into Boysen Reservoir and give them time to respond.
DEQ would let millions of gallons of tainted water flow into reservoir above the Wind River Canyon, but the agency says water quality will be preserved.