WPR News
8:57 am
Wed September 10, 2008

Upper Green River Valley group worries about water contamination

Pinedale, Wy – The Upper Green River Valley Coalition says some companies in the oil and gas industry are doing a better job than government agencies tackling water contamination in the Pinedale Anticline. Linda Baker says Shell has been proactive trying to resolve the presence of toxic hydrocarbons in local water supplies.
"They are trying to make improvements on their techniques for drilling water wells, they are doing soil testing, they are trying to take into consideration all of the ways contamination might be occurring and I see this as a proactive step."
Baker says state's Department of Environmental Quality and the Bureau of Land Management have been less proactive. She says both group have resisted taking steps to force more action from the industry. Trace amounts of toxins have been found in a livestock well for the first time.