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 88. PROJECT:Northeast Wyoming Interactive Database
SPONSOR:Wyoming Geological Survey
LOCATION:Northeast Wyoming
Purpose Chapter Session Account Appropriation Due Date
Level I 86 2001 I $400,000 2003

The coalbed methane development in the Powder River Basin is currently one of the most active in the U.S., with more than 2,400 producing wells. These wells collectively produced 58.1 billion cubic feet of gas in 1999. There are also 1,300 shut-in wells capable of producing once they are connected to a pipeline. The average water production per well is approximately 12 gpm, which equates to approximately 40 mgd. This water is typically discharged to the surface. Over 7,200 additional wells have been permitted in the last year, with BLM projecting that a total of 35,000 to 70,000 cbm wells may ultimately be completed.

The purpose of the proposed project is to generate an interactive database that will provide information on the surficial and subsurface geology, groundwater hydrology, and surface and subsurface water quality of part of the Powder River Basin. The study will be completed in cooperation with cooperative efforts the Wyoming Geological Survey, the Water Resources Data System, the United States Geological Survey-Water Resources Division, the Bureau of Land Management, the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the Wyoming Water Development Commission, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, and the Wyoming State Engineer's Office.

The project is proposed to be completed by June of 2003, with subsequent appropriation requests for the other basins in the State.

No legislative action required.

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