Pavillion proposal would install cisterns

Pavillion proposal would install cisterns by Mark Wilcox, May 24, 2012, Wyoming Business Report
Gov. Matt Mead said yesterday the state has set aside $750,000 to help build cistern systems for Pavillion homeowners who allegedly had their groundwater contaminated by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. … The state is in talks with Encana Corp. to subsidize the remaining costs, since Pavillion residents blame natural gas development for the contamination that made their water undrinkable. But with only preliminary results back from water tests conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey and the EPA, which Mead won’t elaborate on until they are finalized, it is likely Encana would see subsidizing the cisterns as an admission of guilt. … Mead noted that Encana is already providing residents with drinking water in jugs, what he calls “not a good way” to economically deliver water. … “Natural gas developers didn’t put the natural gas at the bottom of the EPA’s deep monitoring wells,” an Encana release stated, “nature did.” Officials will hold a meeting at Wind River High School in Pavillion about the cistern possibility May 31 at 7 p.m. The meeting will examine if residents with contaminated water will accept the cistern idea, even though they would likely be left holding the bill for trucking in water for the systems at a price of between $100 and $200 a month.

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