City of Gillette Proposes Solutions for Crook County Residents’ Water Issues

Written by on August 21, 2018

On Friday, August 17th, representatives from the City of Gillette presented information to a joint meeting of the Wyoming Water Development Commission and Select Water Committee regarding the Gillette Madison Pipeline Project and private well issues in Crook County. The City of Gillette recognizes that despite the fact that independent investigations have determined that the drilling activity in the Madison formation has not been the cause of the Crook County well issues, it is in a position to assist those residents on a temporary basis until a permanent solution can be found.
The City of Gillette presented these conditions to the joint WWDC/Select Water Committee:
  1. Temporary water to 5 Crook County residents for a limited period of time, to include agricultural uses during this time period.
  2. The costs of installing any necessary pipelines, etc. be borne by the individual landowners.
  3. The costs for water would be identical to what individuals located within the City would pay for water from the system.  Volumes would be the same, and likely it is tied to non-peak use by the City.
  4. Landowners would consent to the discharge of water on their property with regards to M11 and M12 in order to address the City’s concerns.
  5. Additional work would be undertaken to determine better sources of water for Crook County.

In the short-term, a discharge permit from the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality will be the next step in the process in order to complete Wells M11 and M12 to bring additional capacity online to accommodate water customers in Crook County. Additionally, a repeal of the Driskill Amendment to the 2018 Omnibus Water Bill in the 2019 Wyoming Legislative Session will need to be affected in order to ensure the continued progress of the Regional Extensions Project to bring relief to rural subdivisions in Campbell County such as Rozet Ranchettes, Buckskin, and Fox Ridge.

“We believe that this was a very positive meeting,” said Mayor Louise Carter-King. “We would like to thank all the members of the Wyoming Water Development Commission and the Select Water Committee for their careful consideration of all the facts. We are looking forward to a quick resolution so that the Madison project can continue moving forward and the landowners in Crook County can begin receiving the water they need.”

City of Gillette Presentation to WWDC/Select Water Committee [PDF]

For more information, contact Communications Manager Geno Palazzari at (307) 686-5393.

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