In a recent mad dash to go through the stash of articles in my inbox I’ve neglected over the past month, I found some interesting articles about positive impacts Wyoming energy is making. I thought I’d share them with you in this week’s RealEnergy post. – RealPartner Liz Lauck – Wyoming Stock Growers Assn.
by Billings Gazette Staff
For years, water runoff from an oil field moistened Dry Creek, providing water for wild horses, livestock and wildlife in Wyoming’s McCullough Peaks.
“It was a nice source of water in an otherwise dry area,” said Sarah Beckwith, of the Bureau of Land Management’s Cody office.
So when Marathon Oil Co., which owned the Oregon Basin oil field, was ordered by the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality to reduce the amount of water flowing into the creek, the company approached the BLM to provide an alternate water source for animals in the arid Bighorn Basin.
To offset the loss, Marathon drilled three exploratory wells this year, one of which is producing water. To supply animals with a steady source of water, the company will install a trough of some type next year.
“Finding that water was the first big hurdle,” Beckwith said.
“Water is a key ingredient for sustainable habitat in the McCullough Peaks Herd Management Area,” said Marshall Dominick, a founding member of Friends of a Legacy. “By developing reliable, life-giving water sources, our partnership will provide a win-win situation for all creatures that live there, as well as for us humans who benefit from the existence of those creatures and their habitat.” Click here for the full story…