Nebraska panel to act on hydraulic fracturing water disposal request

Associated Press

The Nebraska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is scheduled to act on an application for a disposal site for wastewater from oil exploration and production.

SIDNEY, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is scheduled to act Wednesday on an application for a Sioux County disposal site for wastewater from oil exploration and production.

The commission website says the special meeting is set to begin at 10 a.m. at the commission office in Sidney.

Terex Energy Corp., of Broomfield, Colorado, wants to truck salty groundwater and chemical-laden fracking wastewater from oil operations in Wyoming, Colorado and, eventually, Nebraska, to a ranch north of Mitchell, Nebraska.

The proposal has drawn opposition from some environmental groups and nearby landowners who have cited possible contamination of groundwater among their concerns. Company officials deny the plan poses any threat to water resources.

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