Pavillion Mayor Speaks Out on EPA ReportThe Mayor of Pavillion calls the US Environmental Protection Agency's announcement that fracking could be linked to groundwater contamination "a step in the right direction" to solve the area's water issues.
"Whether anyone is actually pointed out as being the guilty party is up for question." said Pavillion Mayor Gary Hamlin.
Federal officials made their declaration yesterday based on the chemicals found in test wells. However, the agency has no direct evidence that the contamination came from fracking.
The EPA does specify in it's draft report that it's findings are specific to the Pavillion area. Hamlin agrees saying, "Without a doubt our geology [in Pavillion] is unique. And I believe that should be looked at further before we allow any more fracking to continue in that area."
Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, involves pumping water, sand and chemicals into wells, to crack rock formations and allow more oil and natural gas to flow to the surface. The process is used in almost all Wyoming oil and gas wells.
Industry officials assert that fracking is safe, and is not a threat to ground water. Encana, which owns the wells around pavillion, has said that any chemicals in the water are naturally occurring.
Environmentalists and some Pavillion-area residents contend that fracking is poisoning the water. Regardless of where the chemicals are coming from, many water wells east of Pavillion are affected by some kind of contamination.
K2 news attempted to contact Encana representatives in both their Riverton and Denver offices, but has not received calls back from either locations.