An increased setback between drilling and homes doesn’t go far enough to satisfy homeowners and landowners living next to oil and gas operations.
Wyoming’s coal-bed methane boom in the early 2000s stirred controversies over land rights, mineral rights, environmental stewardship, the disposal of water and—at every turn—politics.
The Wyoming Senate has given initial approval to a bill to increase the bond required for oil and gas operators to gain entry to private land.
Seismic crews working in the Niobrara shale oil play caused serious rutting and other surface damage earlier this year on 10 different ranch properties in southeast Wyoming, resulting in several state-issued citations for the operator and the seismic contractor.
WyoFile editor-in-chief Dustin Bleizeffer writes in the Wyoming Energy Blog about a failed effort to increase the minimum bond-on requirement for oil and gas companies wishing to develop minerals on split-estate lands from a minimum $2,000 per well to $10,000.