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Oil and Gas Investor Guest Article: On Shaky Grounds - EPA's Tentative Findings In Wyoming
Elizabeth E. Klingensmith, Robert Carlton
Pavillion is a very small town cast atop a sprawling desert in Wyoming. Huddled together in 108 dwellings covering no more than one-fifth of a square mile, the 231 residents confront the high desert’s extremes of heat and cold. Understandably, their lives depend on the water they draw from 37 mostly shallow wells.
Despite the barren appearance of the crusty, sandstone desert floor, what lies under the sand is the Wind River Gas Formation, providing a generous bounty of shale gas that in recent years has drawn 170 gas wells drilled by Encana Corp. and other natural gas companies. This, of course, means that water wells and gas wells share the same sub-surface.
The water wells are shallow; the gas wells are deep. What happens in sandstone between those water and gas wells is the subject of a recent dispute that may influence the greatest energy policy decisions our nation could decide in the next 10 years.
The search for natural gas is not new to Pavillion.
Excerpt from Oil & Gas Investor, Feb. 9, 2012. To view the full article, click here.