After objections, another round of water tests starts in Pavillion

Apr 20, 2012 The Associated Press

The U.S. Environ-mental Protection Agency and other agencies have begun a new round of water sampling in the area of a Wyoming gas field where the EPA says hydraulic fracturing may have caused groundwater pollution.

The EPA and Wyoming announced last month that they would collaborate on further testing in the Pavillion area. The announcement followed numerous objections raised by Gov. Matt Mead and other state officials about the adequacy of the science behind the EPA theory.

Tribes involved now

The U.S. Geological Survey and the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes on the Wind River Indian Reservation also are involved in the new testing of groundwater from two monitoring wells, which started Monday.

The EPA also has been taking new samples of well water at homes in the area, said John Fenton, with the group Pavillion Area Concerned Citizens.

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