Gillette, WY – Despite the verbal sparring between
Wyoming and Montana over the release of water from coal-bed methane wells into rivers and streams, Wyoming officials say Montana regulators have NOT objected to any water discharge permits.
John Wagner works in Wyoming's Water Quality Division. He says Montana regulators review every draft water quality permit Wyoming issues. So far, Wagner says, there have been NO complaints.
Richard Opper of Montana's Department of Environmental Quality
says states routinely exchange permit applications. He says Montana
has issued comments on some Wyoming applications, but he wouldn't characterize the nature of those comments.
The two states have been at odds over environmental rules in Montana that could affect the ability of upstream developers in Wyoming to discharge water in to the Powder and Tongue rivers and their tributaries.
Some conservationists say water from coal-bed methane development is salty and can damage crops.
Industry officials say the water poses NO water quality concerns.