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Governor wants clean water for Pavillion people

Submitted by Newsroom on February 9, 2012 – 10:28 amNo Comment

By KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen

PAVILLION, Wyo. – Some of the people living in the rural area around Pavillion who can’t use the water from their wells because it’s been tainted felt good about Monday’s meeting in Riverton with the state’s Governor Matt Mead.

John Fenton said at least the governor’s listening, which, he said, is more then they got from his predecessor.

Gov. Matt Mead talking to Pavillion residents. Photo by Leslie Stratmoen

Gov. Mead met with the residents and county and tribal officials to say he’d help them find a short-term solution to this long-term problem. At this point, the governor said he’d encourage the Legislature during this upcoming session that starts next week to pay for an alternate water source, which could include trucking in water or tapping into the city’s water system.

State officials still do not know what’s caused the contamination, but it’s become a nationwide issue being discussed by Congress because the natural gas drilling technique called “fracking” has been blamed. That’s the type of drilling that creates fissures from the water and chemicals pumped into the ground.

Sen. Eli Bebout, who was also at the meeting, said the Environmental Protection Agency has tested around 40 -50 wells in the Pavillion area and found about a dozen tainted, but did not cite a cause.

He stands with the governor in trying to find an immediate water solution for the people of the county he represents.

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