flaring http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Oil And Gas Regulation Review Kicks Off http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/oil-and-gas-regulation-review-kicks <p>The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is planning to review several controversial issues, including flaring, well-setbacks and bonding, starting in March.<br /><br />Those topics have come up a lot in recent years, with the boom in drilling. The Powder River Basin Resource Council <a href="http://www.powderriverbasin.org/assets/WOGCC-petition-for-rulemaking.pdf" target="_blank">asked the Commission</a> to address them last year, and so have several residents in recent opinion pieces in the Casper Star-Tribune.<br /> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 00:53:07 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 54713 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Oil And Gas Regulation Review Kicks Off WOC wants to reduce flaring http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/woc-wants-reduce-flaring <p>The Wyoming Outdoor Council is the latest organization urging legislators and others to look for ways to reduce the practice of flaring.&nbsp;</p><p>Flaring is when natural gas … which is a byproduct of oil production … is burned.&nbsp; The Outdoor Council says it causes pollution and wastes a resource.&nbsp;</p><p>The group’s Amber Wilson says one reason drillers burn natural gas is because companies don’t have a good way to dispose of the gas.&nbsp; She says the state could work with companies to improve the pipeline grid.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 23:56:20 +0000 Bob Beck 52769 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org WOC wants to reduce flaring Bill to tax natural gas flaring dies in committee http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/bill-tax-natural-gas-flaring-dies-committee <p>A legislative committee killed a bill Tuesday that would have taxed natural gas flaring from oil wells.<br /><br />When there isn’t pipeline or processing infrastructure available to move the natural gas, companies simply burn it. The draft bill would have required severance tax payments on gas flared more than 180 days after the well starts producing. Representative Michael Madden, one of two supporters of the bill, said the proposal wasn’t a tax increase, but rather the repeal of an exemption.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 00:45:12 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 49121 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Bill to tax natural gas flaring dies in committee Natural gas flaring in state improving, but still an issue http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/natural-gas-flaring-state-improving-still-issue <p>There are fewer companies flaring off natural gas today than there were six months ago. In March, the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission had 65 flaring authorizations. &nbsp;Members of the Legislatures Minerals Committee were told by Commission Supervisor Grant Black that now there is about half that number. He also said that companies generally request flaring permits when a compressor is down or there is no pipeline to get the gas to market and they&rsquo;re seeing much less of the latter.</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 00:12:33 +0000 Irina Zhorov 47547 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Natural gas flaring in state improving, but still an issue Emissions measurements advance case for natural gas http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/emissions-measurements-advance-case-natural-gas <p>Natural gas’ reputation as a climate-friendly alternative to coal has been tarnished recently by concerns that methane—a potent greenhouse gas—is leaking in copious quantities as the fuel makes its way from the ground to the consumer. <a href="http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/09/10/1304880110.abstract">A study</a> released Monday provides the first on-the-ground measurements of methane leaks at&nbsp;hydraulically fractured natural gas well sites, and they're not as bad as some had feared.</p><p></p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 00:50:57 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 47013 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Emissions measurements advance case for natural gas Wyoming’s Oil and Gas Supervisor discusses issues from flaring to fracking http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-s-oil-and-gas-supervisor-discusses-issues-flaring-fracking <p>Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck spoke with the new supervisor of the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, Grant Black.&nbsp; Since he started the job a few weeks ago, Black has been dealing with issues ranging from the flaring of natural gas to water contamination.&nbsp; He says the flaring issue is interesting.</p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 22:27:30 +0000 Bob Beck 41985 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming’s Oil and Gas Supervisor discusses issues from flaring to fracking Groups want Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to address development issues. http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/groups-want-oil-and-gas-conservation-commission-address-development-issues <p>A coalition of Wyoming groups has filed a rulemaking petition to the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to address oil and gas development in the state.</p><p>The petition focuses on three main issues: increasing the setback of drilling rigs from homes, schools and businesses, adequate enforcement in the case of accidents and spills…and reducing the practice of flaring. Powder River Basin Resource Council’s Jill Morrison says flaring has been a recognized problem for some time.</p> Wed, 22 May 2013 12:12:40 +0000 Irina Zhorov 41139 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Groups want Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to address development issues. Oil and gas operators flaring more gas, paying no taxes or royalties http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/oil-and-gas-operators-flaring-more-gas-paying-no-taxes-or-royalties <p>Oil development in the state is bringing up natural gas along with the oil, but some of the gas is getting burned off in flares and the state is missing out on taxes and royalty payments. The reason the gas is getting flared is that there are not enough pipelines in place to connect new wells to markets.</p><p>The President of the Wyoming Petroleum Association, Bruce Hinchey, says it doesn’t always make sense to build new pipelines for the relatively small quantities of gas coming up.</p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 23:14:31 +0000 Irina Zhorov 38700 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Oil and gas operators flaring more gas, paying no taxes or royalties