Well water east of Pavillion not impacted by fracturing fluid

by | Dec 26, 2019 4:19PM

Well water in the Pavillion Gas Field area (east of Pavillion) has been investigated by multiple government agencies since 2009 after residents raised the issue of water palatability specifically in its taste and odor.

Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) released a final report on Monday, December 23rd, that confirms their findings did not indicate hydraulic fracturing fluids are the cause of those palatability issues nor causing toxicity. Rather, “biodegradation of dissolved organic compounds” is the likely cause of those issues.

“Based on the WDEQ’s June and August 2014 sampling of the 13 water supply wells, other than an organochlorine (OC) pesticide (beta-hexachlorocyclohexane or beta-BHC) and a phthalate ester (bis (2-ethylhexyl phthalate) or BEHP), no organic compounds were identified at concentrations exceeding applicable drinking water standards. Phthalate is used as a plasticizer in flexible PVC plastics and is a common laboratory contaminant,” according to their FAQ.

The December 23rd, 2019, final report is over 4,200 pages and can be viewed by clicking here.

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