Laramie, WY – The city of Gillette is considering mixing
water pumped during coal-bed methane gas production with regular drinking water to stretch the city's supply in the face of a
projected water shortage.
Steve Peterson is Gillette's utility engineering manager. He says the city has spoken with some in the CBM industry about
providing water as a short-term solution. Companies pump water from the ground in coal-bed methane production.
Peterson said the city's need for the water will continue until a planned $170-million pipeline can be built in the next 10 years.
He says the city could use an estimated 5 million gallons a day of water starting next summer.
Paula Beasley is a senior public affairs representative with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. She says the company is aware of
Gillettes water needs and is open to discussing possible solutions.