Approval next goes to feds as conservation groups vow to fight to preserve Madison aquifer in Wind River Basin.
Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
Aethon says the deep Madison aquifer where it would dispose of pollutants is already tainted, is too expensive to develop for domestic use and is not needed by nearby communities.
Sensible efforts to curtail oil and gas flaring could recover more revenue for Wyoming and keep the air clean.
The commission, by delaying definitive action for two years, also risked human health and the environment in Wyoming. Violations of our environmental protections are serious and demand action. Oil and gas operations can even operate within regulatory boundaries and still create hazards.
This year alone, the state has approved some 864 horizontal well permits in the Powder River Basin, spanning portions of Campbell, Johnson and Converse counties. Major operators are chasing oil (and some residual gas) using the continually advancing drilling and hydraulic fracturing — or "fracking" — technologies that have turned around a decades-long oil production decline in recent years.