Wyoming oil and gas regulators are under pressure to finally take action against broke, out-of-compliance coal-bed methane operators.
Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
Efforts to clean up abandoned coal-bed methane gas wells lacks financing and is mired in outdated rules and regulations guiding oil and gas development.
Flaring natural gas associated with oil wells is a standard practice — often a necessity because the volumes of gas do not justify the cost of capturing it, treating it, and transporting it to pipeline networks for commercial sale. The industry flares particularly large volumes of gas when trying to establish a new oil play — such as the one gaining momentum in eastern Wyoming.
Wyoming's Oil and Gas Conservation Commissioners Ryan Lance and Tom Drean explain why their commission approved a disputed water proposal.
The Wyoming Oil and Gas Commission has an environmental and economic duty to regulate wasteful gas flaring as new oil production comes online.