Oil And Gas Regulation Review Kicks Off

Feb 28, 2014

Credit Willow Belden

The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is planning to review several controversial issues, including flaring, well-setbacks and bonding, starting in March.

Those topics have come up a lot in recent years, with the boom in drilling. The Powder River Basin Resource Council asked the Commission to address them last year, and so have several residents in recent opinion pieces in the Casper Star-Tribune.

Oil and Gas Supervisor Grant Black says at some point the Commission plans to do a comprehensive rule review, but that for now, these three issues have been prioritized. The Commission will start with some informal information-gathering sessions before doing formal rulemaking.

The meetings could start as soon as next month, and Black is hoping to wrap up the full process, including any rulemaking, by the end of the year.