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Environmental group has groundwater protection plan

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A KOTA Territory environmental group says it is trying to help Wyoming protect its groundwater.

The Powder River Basin Resource Council says the group will present a plan to governor Matt Mead and the Wyoming Legislature.

The plan will outline steps needed for preserving the state's groundwater in areas affected by hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."

The council claims since fracking uses a tremendous amount of water, more studies are needed on future water demands.

"Once the water's used in these wells for fracking, the flowback water they call it, is not usable for anything else.  It's disposed of in deep injection wells," said Bob LeResche, the council's vice-chair.

The council also encourages the state to explore recycling methods so the contaminated flowback water is reusable.

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