FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Triple Crown and Durham Estates under Threat of Waste Injection Well Near Homes –

Tell the WOGCC Protect the Sussex Aquifer for Future Water Use for Cheyenne

 Members of the Cheyenne Area Landowners Coalition and residents of Laramie County,

EOG Resources is seeking approval from the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (WOGCC) for a hazardous oil and gas waste water injection well in Laramie County titled Durham 106-07H.

EOG is planning to inject up to 25,000 barrels of toxic waste per day into the Sussex Aquifer which is just 5,000 feet below the surface. The proposed site is east of Cheyenne and less than one mile from Durham and Triple Crown subdivisions, and is surrounded by a large number of private residential domestic water wells.

The Sussex Aquifer is a potential future drinking water aquifer for the Cheyenne area but there has been a rapid decline in potability since the creation of several other injection wells northeast of Cheyenne. The Cheyenne area is a growing region and will eventually need to look to other water resources. Protecting this aquifer ensures that we will someday have options. Studies have also shown that injection wells do leak, and are a threat to the nearby domestic water wells of Triple Crown and Durham Estates. 

In addition to the Durham well, EOG is requesting an increase in the size of the injection zone of the Pole Creek 175-34H well 3 miles east of Iron Mountain Road, and 4 miles northwest of the proposed Durham well. Increasing the size of the injection zone will further damage the Sussex aquifer to the point of being unusable for future water use.  

This should be of major concern to residents of Triple Crown and Durham Estates, as well as all residents of Laramie County.  We only have 30 days to submit comments to the Wyoming Oil and Gas Commission objecting to this aquifer exemption. 

Please submit written comments objecting to the proposed injection wells and ask the Commission to preserve the Sussex aquifer for future use.  Please request a hearing in Cheyenne. 

Submit your written comments objecting to these proposed hazardous waste injection wells by December 3rd. 

Comments can be submitted to Supervisor Mark Watson at mark.watson@wyo.gov and Deputy Supervisor Tom Kropatsch at tom.kropatsch@wyo.gov 

Written comments can also be mailed to the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (WOGCC) Mark Watson, Supervisor  
2211 King Blvd.
Casper, WY 82602
PO Box 2640  

Thank you, 

Casey Quinn, Organizer
Powder River Basin Resource Council
1603 Capitol Ave, Suite 301
Cheyenne, Wyoming  82001
(307) 274-1084 – work
www.powderriverbasin.org


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The Cheyenne Area Land-Owner’s Coalition is an organization of property owners dedicated to protecting the financial and lifestyle interests of land-owners whose properties are impacted by mineral mining/extraction related processes; the COALITION is dedicated to protecting the property rights and lifestyle conditions of all land-owners who are COALITION members.

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