Washington D-C – Wyoming's congressional delegation is
urging a Montana board to reject proposed standards for handling
water from coal-bed methane drilling.
Wyoming Senators Craig Thomas and Mike Enzi and Representative
Barbara Cubin voiced their concerns in a letter to the Montana
Board of Environmental Review.
They say rules being considered by the board threaten the
methane industry in northeast Wyoming.
The proposed rules would require that water withdrawn from wells
be injected back into the aquifers.
If that's not possible, the water -- which is often high in
saline -- would have to be treated before being discharged into
rivers and streams for irrigation.
Wyoming officials worry the rules could hamper their own state's
methane exploration because of waterways the two states share, in
the methane rich Powder River Basin.