Wyoming agency blocks oil company from dumping more waste

Published: Oct. 7, 2020 at 11:51 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming environmental regulators have blocked an oil company’s request to discharge higher volumes of wastewater from a proposed project.

Aethon Energy had requested the state to allow them to dispose of more water and pollutants so it could drill more at its proposed wells. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality ruled last Friday to add new pollutant limits and maintain the same water discharge maximum, effectively blocking Aethon’s request to dump more waste.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports the oil company had violated wastewater discharging regulations in the past, prompting advocacy groups to call for the denial of a new permit altogether.

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