Boysen Reservoir

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…

An American Indian tribe opposes a company’s plan to dump oilfield wastewater upstream of a river in central Wyoming, saying the pollution could hurt business for fishing and rafting guides. Dallas-based Aethon Energy plans to put over 8 million gallons of polluted water from the Moneta Divide oil and gas field into two creeks feeding…

Hot Springs County and Washakie County Emergency Management offices reported yesterday that outflows from Boysen have been reduced from 7000 cfs to 6250 cfs. An update shared to the Washakie County Emergency Management Facebook page last week warned of the Big Horn River running very high. Riverbanks are very saturated and could easily slough off–keep…

Boysen Reservoir reached it’s elevation of 4725′ on Sunday and began filling into the flood pool as expected. The US Army Corps of Engineers are now dictating operations at the dam. During the day on Monday, June 17th–outflows from Boysen were increased to 6200 cfs. Hot Springs County Emergency Management stated in a news release…

An article in the Thermopolis Independent Record reports that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has requested an increase in water release from Boysen Reservoir. In addition to the release–the US Army Corps of Engineers has also asked all USBR dams to utilize some of their flood pools to lessen flows downstream. This is in response…

The Thermopolis Independent Record reports that the US Environmental Protection Agency has joined other agencies in asking for an extension for public comments and public meetings regarding the proposed Aethon Energy Operating permit that would allow dumping of produced water and solids into Boysen Reservoir. The letters, sent to the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality…

Former Hot Springs County Planner and resident has raised concerns about a potential Department of Environmental Quality permit for resource company Aethon Energry Operating LLC. Per a report in the Northern Wyoming News — citing a WyoFile.com article — the company is seeking a permit to discharge 8.27 million gallons a day of “produced water”…

An audio version of this news available here. A recreational use advisory has been posted for Boysen Reservoir due to elevated densities of cyanobacteria at the Marina on the northeast side of the reservoir. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality received a notice from the Wyoming Department of health that a veterinarian had examined an…


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