East Pavillion water working group to meet with DEQ and Oil & Gas Commission August 2nd in Riverton

Encana USA’s natural gas compressor station east of Pavillion (Ernie Over photo) 

Water delivery meeting also set for July 16th for those on the cistern program

(Riverton, Wyo.)  – On Friday, August 2, 2013, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (OGCC), will be hosting a Pavillion working group meeting in Riverton.

This meeting will provide updates and a path forward regarding the investigation of pits, well bore integrity and domestic water wells, according to a news release from the DEQ issued Wednesday afternoon. 

In addition, a brief update will be made about the cistern systems for the Pavillion East Water Supply Project.

The meeting will begin at 1:00 PM at the Riverton Holiday Inn, 900 East Sunset Drive. The public is encouraged to attend and will be given an opportunity to comment.

Additionally, Governor Matt Mead’s Natural Resource Policy Advisor, Jerimiah Rieman, said a meeting with East Pavillion area residents concerning their water deliveries would be held on Tuesday, July 16th at 6:30 p.m. at the Wind River Middle/High School Library.

Last month the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency abandoned its plan to confirm that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is the cause of groundwater contamination east of Pavillion. Instead, the investigation into the problem was turned over the State of Wyoming. In 2011, a draft EPA report linked fracking to the groundwater pollution, a report that was hotly contested by the oil and natural gas industry officials and EncanaUSA, operators of the East Pavillion natural gas field.