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Driller contests oilfield violation, searches for ways to dispose of wastewater

The principal operator of the Moneta Divide gas- and oilfield told the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality it isn't exceeding limits for barium and radium in wastewater as regulators maintain.

Dallas-based Aethon Energy Operating responded in May to DEQ's letter of violation that said the company had exceeded permit limits for pollutants the company lets flow into Alkali and Badwater creeks in Fremont County.

The DEQ earlier this year officially listed those waterways as "impaired," saying oilfield pollution made parts of them incapable of sustaining aquatic life. Parts of the Fremont...

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