Jill Morrison http://wyomingpublicradio.net en Study outlines risks of injecting waste into aquifer http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/study-outlines-risks-injecting-waste-aquifer <p>A study found that if wastewater were injected into a deep portion of the Madison Aquifer, it could potentially contaminate drinking water supplies in other areas.</p><p></p><p>Encana Oil and Gas has asked for permission to dispose of brine and drilling waste in the aquifer. The company says it would inject the waste into an area where water quality is already poor and which is so deep that it would be an impractical source for drinking water, regardless.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 22:55:19 +0000 Willow Belden 42908 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Study outlines risks of injecting waste into aquifer Environmental group calls for groundwater protection measures http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/environmental-group-calls-groundwater-protection-measures <p>The Powder River Basin Resource Council has drawn up a list of recommendations to protect groundwater resources during energy production.</p><p>The group’s Jill Morrison says they want the state to document how much water is available in aquifers, and to limit how much water can be used for oil and gas production in certain areas where water resources are scarce.</p><p>“Because we know, for example, in the Powder River Basin, we’ve really drawn down our main aquifer that supplies domestic use … through the coalbed methane development,” Morrison said.</p><p></p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 14:57:00 +0000 Willow Belden 35326 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Environmental group calls for groundwater protection measures