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Discharge Permit informational meetings next week

Proposed Aethon Energy (Moneta Divide Gas Field) Discharge Permit informational meetings next week

THERMOPOLIS — The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality will hold informational public meetings in Riverton and Thermopolis, Wyoming on May 20 and 21, respectively.

Monday’s meeting in Riverton will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Health and Science Building at Central Wyoming College.

The Thermopolis meeting is at the school auditorium, also from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

During these meetings WQD staff will present information regarding the proposed permit. Following the presentation attendees will be offered an opportunity to provide comment to assist the department in formulating its final decision.

The WDEQ’s Wyoming Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (WYPDES) Program regulates the discharge of pollutants from point sources to ensure the protection of Wyoming’s surface waters. Operators of point source discharges are required to receive coverage under WYPDES discharge permits. Prior to issuing a permit, the WYPDES Program issues a 30-day public notice to inform interested parties of the proposed permit, and offers an opportunity to the public to provide written comments regarding the proposed permit.

On March 15, 2019 WDEQ’s Water Quality Division (WQD) issued a 30-day public notice requesting public comments on its proposed renewal of WYPDES permit WY0002062 for expanding the current discharge of produced water from the Moneta Divide Gas Field operated by Aethon Energy. Since then, DEQ has extended the public comment period to July 5, 2019.


Public Comments Online:

The proposed permit, permit application, and modeling study of the proposed discharge are available on WQD’s website at:

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