John Robitaille http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Groundwater testing near oil and gas wells: how much data is enough? http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/groundwater-testing-near-oil-and-gas-wells-how-much-data-enough <p>A proposal to test water quality at oil and gas wells before and after drilling is making its way through the rulemaking process. The governor’s office and industry hope it will answer some of the questions surrounding groundwater contamination near oil and gas development, but as Wyoming Public Radio’s Stephanie Joyce reports, the rule may not actually be able to answer the question of who’s responsible, if contamination occurs, and that has some people questioning whether it’s valuable at all.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 23:57:40 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 48615 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Groundwater testing near oil and gas wells: how much data is enough? Baseline water testing rule draws criticism from all sides http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/baseline-water-testing-rule-draws-criticism-all-sides <p></p><p>Opinion is sharply divided on a proposed rule that would require water testing at oil and gas wells before and after drilling.<br /><br /><br />The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has been taking public comment on the rule since August. Two dozen groups and individuals submitted written comments, and a handful spoke at a public hearing in Casper on Tuesday.<br /><br /><br />Bob LeResche is vice-chair of the Powder River Basin Resource Council, a group that represents landowners. He says as they stand, the rules have no teeth.<br />&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 00:11:36 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 48430 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Baseline water testing rule draws criticism from all sides