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No decision on commercial wastewater well

Oil and Gas Commission hears from public, affected parties; decision to be made within 30 days


Ryan Hermens

Commenters continuously filed in front of the commissioners every three minutes for nearly three hours to voice their feelings about the project. Only three people spoke in favor of the project.

Sidney found itself in the middle of a fervent dispute between residents of northwest Nebraska and an oil and gas company from Colorado on Tuesday.

And after a six-hour public hearing, there is still no resolution. A decision will instead be handed down within 30 days.

The issue: a proposal to turn a non-producing oil well in Sioux County into a commercial disposal site for contaminated oil wastewater.

When oil is pumped from the ground, it contains some amount of brine that must be filtered out.

In the case of hydraulic fracturing – when a mixture of water, sand and a proprietary chemi...

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