Another state acknowledges the need to update oil and gas rules

Last month I noted that Pennsylvania had acknowledged its need for better groundwater protections and was proposing new rules to strengthen its standards for gas well construction.

This month, the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has proposed new rules for hydraulic fracturing "to insure the protection of fresh and potable (USDW) waters." Among other things, the Commission has proposed new rules that require operators to do more to identify where water sources are in relation to drilling, and request more information about the ingredients of hydraulic fracturing fluids. Comments are due on Monday and I look forward to seeing how people feel about these proposals.