Thursday, September 27, 2012

U.S. Geological Survey Reports Released Related to Groundwater Sampling Near Pavillion, Wyoming

Today the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released two reports related to groundwater quality sampling near Pavillion, Wyoming titled Groundwater-quality and quality-control data for two monitoring wells near Pavillion, Wyoming, April and May 2012, USGS Data Series: 718 (2012) (report available here) and Sampling and analysis plan for the characterization of groundwater quality in two monitoring wells near Pavillion, Wyoming, USGS Open-File Report: 2012-1197 (report available here).  Both reports were prepared in cooperation with the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality and address issues related to the first documented correlation between groundwater contamination and hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.

Related Resources

Groundwater Investigation Pavillion, EPA (last visited Sept. 27, 2012).
Press Release, EPA, EPA Releases Draft Findings of Pavillion, Wyoming Ground Water Investigation for Public Comment and Independent Scientific Review (Dec. 8, 2011).  
EPA, Draft Report Investigation of Groundwater Contamination Near Pavillion, Wyoming (2011).
Fractured Science – Examining EPA’s Approach to Ground Water Research: The Pavillion Analysis Before the H. Energy and Envt. Subcomm., 112th Cong. (2012).

Kirk Johnson, E.P.A. Links Tainted Water in Wyoming to Hydraulic Fracturing for Natural Gas, NY Times (Dec. 8, 2011).

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