Contact
NAME/EMAILPROGRAMSPHONE
Lily BarkauGroundwater Section Manager Cheyenne(307)777-7072
Tyler HarrisUIC Program Project Manager, Cheyenne(307)777-5501
Steven LooseGPC ProgramUIC Program Project Manager, Lander(307)335-6942
Laurel MorrowUIC Program Project Manager, Cheyenne(307)777-7608
Cherrie NelsonPavillion InvestigationGPC Program 
Project Manager, Cheyenne
(307)777-7092
John PassehlUIC Program , Federal Facilities Project Manager, Cheyenne(307)777-5623
Troy SandersUIC Program Program Manager, Cheyenne(307)777-6081
Justin ScottUIC Program Project Manager, Cheyenne(307)777-7511
Taylor SpiegelbergUIC Program Project Manager, Lander(307)335-6752
Nicole TwingKnow Your Well , Gillette-Madison Wellfield Project
GPC Program and Federal Facilities Program Manager, Cheyenne
(307)777-8275
Kira WeberCAFOsProduced Water PermittingGPC Program 
Project Manager, Cheyenne
(307)777-70
Electronic Documents Submittal

In response to the Governor's request to limit contact and the move toward staff working remotely for the near future, the WDEQ Water Quality Division (WQD) has made electronic document submittal available. This includes permit applications, response to comments, reports, and other communications. Forms have been set up for individual WQD Sections (Watershed, WYPDES, Groundwater, Water/Wastewater), and a form is also available for general WQD submittals. Please choose the appropriate form from the list of links below to upload your documents. If submitted electronically, no hardcopy is required to be submitted unless you are contacted by a WQD Section Manager with a request to submit the hard copy. Please note that the Water Quality Division is unable to accept comments on documents in public notice via these forms. Please refer to the public notice for instructions on how to submit comments.

Groundwater Section:https://bit.ly/WDEQ-WQD
Watershed Section: https://bit.ly/2QAz379
Water and Wastewater Section:https://bit.ly/2UriqvM
WYPDES Section: https://bit.ly/3dbcKyy
General WQD:https://bit.ly/WDEQ-WQD

NOTICE: Effective November 23, 2021, all permits to be submitted for water distribution systems and/or sewage collection systems that are within the Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities (BOPU) district shall be submitted to the BOPU for approval.  BOPU contacts are Frank Strong or Bryce Dorr at (307) 637-6460, ENGreview@cheyennebopu.org, or www.cheyennebopu.org for additional information.

Forms and Guidance

 

 
GEM Database

The GEM Database is a tool for permitees, operators, and consultants to report monitoring data to the Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program.  Operators and consultants requesting access to the database for reporting must be approved by a responsible corporate officer of the permitted entity.

Currently the GEM Database is offline. To submit documents please click here: https://bit.ly/WDEQ-WQD

For inquiries regarding UIC records, please submit a Public Records Request.

Rules and Regulations

All official Wyoming State Rules and Regulations are kept at the Wyoming Secretary of State's Office. Click here to view all current Rules and Regulations. 

 

Class VI Carbon Capture, Utilization & Storage (CCUS) refers to the process in which carbon is captured from industrial processes and either utilized by turning the carbon into a new product or stored by injecting the carbon into a storage site, usually underground in a geologic formation.

A well that is used for injecting a carbon dioxide stream for geologic sequestration that:

  • Is not experimental in nature and injects a carbon dioxide stream for geologic sequestration, beneath the lowermost formation containing an underground source of drinking water;
  • Has granted a waiver for the injection depth requirements pursuant to requirements of Water Quality Rules Chapter 24, Section 15; or
  • Has received an expansion to the areal extent of an existing Class II enhanced oil recovery or enhanced gas recovery aquifer exemption pursuant to Water Quality Rules, Chapter 24, Section 16.

Wyoming Environmental Quality Act and Industrial Development Information and Siting Act (2020 Edition) 35-11-103:

  • (xx) "Geologic sequestration" means the injection of carbon dioxide and associated constituents into subsurface geologic formations intended to prevent its release into the atmosphere;
  • (xxi) "Geologic sequestration site" means the underground geologic formations where the carbon dioxide is intended to be stored;
  • (xxii) "Geologic sequestration facilities" means the surface equipment used for transport, storage and injection of carbon dioxide.

Carbon sequestration permit requirements and Unitization are outlined in 35-11-313 through 35-11-317

Water Quality Rules Chapter 24, Section 2(v) “Geologic sequestration project” means an injection well or wells used to emplace a carbon dioxide stream into an injection zone for geologic sequestration.  It includes the subsurface three-dimensional extent of the carbon dioxide plume, associated pressure front, and displaced fluid, as well as the surface area above that delineated region.

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality implements the Class VI Program.  Water Quality Rules, Chapter 24 outlines the permitting requirements for Class VI wells.

 

A Geologic Sequestration or Storage project is permitted in two parts 1) construction of the Class VI well and 2) operation of the Class VI well.

Further information on project siting, site characterization, well construction, required documents to include with the permit application are forthcoming.

 

Questions regarding Class VI wells and the permitting process can be directed to Lily Barkau, P.G. at 307-777-7072 or lily.barkau@wyo.gov.

Section 1421 of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requires the US EPA to develop UIC program requirements that protect underground sources of drinking water.  Primary enforcement authority, often called primacy, refers to state, territory, or tribal responsibilities associated with implementing US EPA approved UIC programs.  Primacy programs are established under Section 1422 and 1425 of the SDWA. Wyoming received primacy over Class I through V in 1983.  The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality received primacy over Class VI wells on September 3, 2020.  Wyoming is one of two states to have received primacy for implementing the Class VI program; the other is North Dakota.

 

Wyoming’s primacy documents can be found here:

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/10/09/2020-20544/wyoming-underground-injection-control-program-class-vi-primacy