From the Delta County Independent (Hank Lohmeyer):
The proposed facility would be operated by Wells Gulch Evap, Inc. The company’s contact person is listed as Jim Harker of Lincoln. Their plan received a recommended approval from the Delta County Planning Commission on June 25. The Board of County Commissioners held a public hearing on Monday and tabled consideration the company’s specific development application until July 13.
The company is negotiating to buy a 124-acre site that currently is used as winter sheep range. At final build-out, the seven membrane-lined evaporation ponds ranging from 2.5 to nine acres in size would cover 40 acres and have a total holding capacity of 64.2 million gallons. The company’s specific development application to the county states, “The site will accept exploration and production (EP) water from oil and gas drilling operations. Drilling mud and cuttings will not be accepted at this site.” EP water, also known as produced water, contains high levels of minerals, salts and other chemicals classified as “non-hazardous.” The company would accept EP water from around the Rocky Mountain region. There are two other EP water sites operating in the region; one at Cisco, Utah, and another at Baggs, Wyo.