Local Resident Challenges HS County Commissioners to Take Stance On Aethon Permit

Written by on August 23, 2019

The Thermopolis Independent Record reports that Tuesday’s meeting of the Hot Springs County Commissioners began on tense footing when a local resident challenged the commissioner’s stance on Aethon Energy’s plan to dump oil field waste water and solids into Boysen Reservoir.
Chairman Tom Ryan said it was his understanding the solids have been dumped into Boysen since 1979 and the DEQ tells him the increase won’t cause the solids to go up, so he–quote–“has no heartburn with it,” end quote.
Commissioner Jack Baird said the amount of pollution they’re putting in–compared to what the farmers upstream are doing–is minimal. Vice-Chairman Phil Scheel agreed and said the commission will do things the Wyoming way.
Resident Sonja Becker–who sparked the exchange–asked if the commissioners had read the permit submitted by Aethon–all commission members admitted they had not.

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