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47898Wy : Mountain Land and Cattle denies access for Casper Aquifer protection containment pond

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  • Teresa Binstock
    Jul 6, 2014

      Mountain Land and Cattle denies access for Casper Aquifer protection containment pond


      A proposed containment pond to intercept contaminants flowing down Telephone Canyon was removed from a city and county plan to protect the Casper Aquifer.

      The pond was taken from engineering design plans because Mountain Land and Cattle Company, LLC, affiliated with Mountain Cement Company, denied engineers access to its property, said David Gertsch, Albany County planner.

      In a letter to Gertsch, Mitchell Edwards, attorney with Nicholas & Tangemann, LLC, representing Mountain Land and Cattle Company, stated the company would like to see the county, city, and Wyoming Department of Transportation find solutions on public property before seeking to place containment ponds on private land.

      Interstate 80 runs over the Casper Aquifer as it cuts through Telephone Canyon east of Laramie. Transport of hazardous materials through the canyon presents a potential risk to the Casper Aquifer water, especially because an area beneath the highway at the bottom of the canyon is heavily faulted, folded and fractured, according to a 2011 report by Trihydro Corporation, the firm contracted to do engineering studies and work.

      If a spill were to happen in the canyon, contaminants could travel with the canyon’s grade and seep into groundwater at the faults.

      The likelihood of drinking water contamination increases if the spill coincides with a heavy rainstorm, according to the 2011 report, titled “I-80 Telephone Canyon Casper Aquifer Protection Study.”....