A number of idle coalbed methane (CBM) wells in the Powder River Basin could be restarted as parts of plans drawn up by High Plains Gas. The Sheridan-based CBM company has presented Wyoming state officials with plans to reactivate the idle CBM wells.
Power outages in the United States are up an astonishing 285% since 1984. The U.S. ranks last among the top nine Western industrialized nations in the average length of outages.
Much of the oil, natural gas and gasoline traveling by train in Wyoming was hauled by the Union Pacific, and the vast majority originated outside the state.
Although Wyoming has a long history with oil and gas, it’s almost always been in rural areas. A boom in Laramie County would change that and some say the state is ill-prepared to deal with the issues that arise when communities bump up against drilling.
State officials said Thursday that they intend to test the Pavillion area’s groundwater for nearly all the potential pollutants examined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in its study of the region’s water supplies.
The project consists of drilling up to 5,000 new oil and gas wells on 1,500 well pads over a 10-year period. The BLM is preparing an environmental impact statement to analyze the impacts associated with the project.