Public Comment Period extended for Moneta Divide Water Discharge Permit

Pictured is a natural gas pipeline compressor station in the East Pavillion Field. Photo by Ernie Over

Due to increased public interest in a proposal by Aethon Energy to renew and enlarge a permit to discharge produced waters from the Moneta Divide Gas Field into Alkali Creek in Fremont County, the public comment period has been extended, according to the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality.

Alkali Creek eventually flows into Boysen Reservoir and concerns have been raised about potential pollution of the reservoir’s waters.

The original 30-day public comment period set to close on April 15 has now been extended to the end of business on July 5, 2019.

Aethon Energy is proposing not only to renew its current permit, but also to expand the discharge of produced water from their Moneta Divide Gas Field operations.


The DEQ has scheduled public meetings on the permit application for May 20th in Riverton at Central Wyoming College and on May 21 in Thermopolis.

During these meetings DEQ staff will present information regarding the proposed permit. Following the presentation attendees will be offered an opportunity to provide comment to assist the department in formulating its final decision.

The proposed permit, permit application, and modeling study of the proposed discharge are available on DEQ’s website: at: here to view: WYPDES PROPOSED Discharge Permit Public Notices for March 2019