Contaminated Wells Leave Wyoming Town Thirsty

Gas drilling may be to blame
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 1, 2010 9:44 AM CDT
We're guessing the contaminated wells don't look anything like this old one, actually.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – It's not Mexico, but rather the unlikely locale of Wyoming where feds are telling people not to drink the water. The EPA yesterday warned against using the water from 40 wells in the Pavillion area, including 17 contaminated by hydrocarbons—thought to be possibly related to oil and gas drilling from the 1960s through the present day.

But the Department of Health and Human Services says high levels of sodium, sulfates, and other inorganic materials unrelated to drilling are reason enough not to drink the water in a total of 40 wells tested since last year. About 100 people attended a public meeting on the findings.

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