oil and gas development http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Report says oversight of oil and gas development is insufficient; agencies says it’s not that simple http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/report-says-oversight-oil-and-gas-development-insufficient-agencies-says-it-s-not-simple <p>Oil and gas development in Wyoming has burgeoned in the last decade. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality…the Bureau of Land Management…the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission…and sometimes other agencies are all responsible for inspecting the sites. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov reports that some stakeholders say they’re not doing a good enough job monitoring operators. But agencies say it’s not that simple.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 22:28:47 +0000 Irina Zhorov 39919 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Report says oversight of oil and gas development is insufficient; agencies says it’s not that simple Court hears case on disclosure of secret fracking chemicals http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/court-hears-case-disclosure-secret-fracking-chemicals <p>Several environmental groups went to district court today in Casper to argue that the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission must disclose information about chemicals being used in hydraulic fracturing around the state. Wyoming was the first state to require companies to disclose such information, yet since that law went into effect, the Oil and Gas Commission has granted almost all secrecy requests from companies claiming that some of the chemicals are proprietary information.</p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 00:21:52 +0000 Irina Zhorov 35599 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Court hears case on disclosure of secret fracking chemicals WY legislature to consider a bill establishing seismic exploration bonds http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wy-legislature-consider-bill-establishing-seismic-exploration-bonds <p>The Legislature’s Joint Judiciary Committee will introduce a bill that would modify bonds for seismic exploration for oil and gas on private land. If passed, companies doing any seismic exploration would have to put up a $5,000 bond for the first 1,000 acres being explored, with increases for acreage beyond that. The outgoing chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Kermit Brown of Laramie, said there have been complaints about the current regulations.</p> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 15:11:05 +0000 Irina Zhorov 34580 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org WY legislature to consider a bill establishing seismic exploration bonds New DEQ director discusses his take on Pavillion and new energy development http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-deq-director-discusses-his-take-pavillion-and-new-energy-development <p>The new director of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality says he’s not sure what his agency will do long-term, to address groundwater contamination in Pavillion.</p><p>The EPA tentatively linked the contamination to fracking, but the state and energy industries questioned the science behind their study, so they collected a new set of data and are now analyzing it.</p><p>DEQ Director Todd Parfitt wouldn’t say what he’ll do if the results confirm that fracking caused the contamination.</p> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 01:56:10 +0000 Willow Belden 32772 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New DEQ director discusses his take on Pavillion and new energy development Rhetoric or Reality: Do the candidates differ on energy? http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/rhetoric-or-reality-do-candidates-differ-energy <p>During this week's presidential debate, President Obama challenged Mitt Romney’s assertion that oil drilling on public lands was down by 14 percent. Almost as soon as they cleared the stage, a flurry of fact-checking revealed that while the rate did drop in one year—mostly due to the moratorium on drilling after the BP oil spill—drilling has increased on public lands during Obama’s tenure.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 16:00:59 +0000 Sara Hossaini 31586 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Rhetoric or Reality: Do the candidates differ on energy?