Governor Mead Asks for More Thorough Testing of Wells in Pavillion

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead
Wyoming Governor Matt Mead

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead has asked for the Environmental Protection Agency's cooperation in scientific review of groundwater analysis.

In a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Mead highlighted professional expertise within Wyoming and urged a cooperative approach between the state and the EPA to best serve a scientific, credible inquiry.

Mead's letter comes after the EPA released a draft report that suggests a link between contamination of test wells with hydraulic fracturing. The EPA's testing identified contaminants in test wells outside of Pavillion, Wyoming.

In the letter, Governor Mead asks Administrator Jackson to get more samples from the test wells before a peer review process begins, and asks that Wyoming be a partner in the testing and peer review.

Mead also asked that the EPA consider Wyoming's expertise when assembling the peer review, and urged the EPA to hold any peer review panel public hearings in Wyoming.

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