Gillette, WY – The Wyoming Department of Environmental
Quality says it has noted a steep increase lately in the number of appeals associated with coal-bed methane permits. John Wagner is water quality supervisor at D-E-Q. He says there are now 11 appeals waiting to be heard. Wagner says the D-E-Q is getting appeals from both environmental
groups and from the industry. Wagner says coal-bed methane production is increasingly
controversial and says he sees an unwillingness to compromise on either side. The movement of coal-bed methane development to the north and west of Gillette is also causing some of the disputes. The terrain there is more rugged and the water produced from wells is saltier.