Wyo. now requires H2O tests before oil, gas wells

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 12, 2013 at 5:18 pm •  Published: November 12, 2013
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has adopted new rules that require petroleum companies drilling for oil and gas to first test for pollution in nearby water wells.

The five-member commission chaired by Gov. Matt Mead met Tuesday in Casper. Mead in a statement called the new rules an example of striking a balance between producing needed energy and protecting natural resources.

The goal is to document the condition of water sources near oil and gas wells. That could help state regulators determine the source of any groundwater pollution that turns up later.

The new rules require companies to first test within a year of beginning to drill. Companies will then need to conduct follow-up testing starting at least a year after drilling is finished.