After 30 days of public comment, the Wyoming Oil and Gas Commission has started the formal rulemaking process to establish baseline water testing in the state. The regulations would require a baseline sample of water to be taken prior to the drilling of the well and for multiple follow-up samples to be taken after drilling is completed. WOGCC’s proposed regulations do not require the installation of groundwater monitoring wells on leased lands. They do, however, require testing at minimum for chemicals listed in the regulations and provide reporting standards for the detection of stray methane gas in a water supply.
For more information on the regulations, visit the WOGCC’s website.
Written by: Garrett Lent, Research Assistant
Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center