Committee kills CBM water bill

Cheyenne, Wyo. – A bill that would have allowed the state to regulate the amount of water discharged from coal-bed methane wells has died in committee.

The House Agricultural, State and Public Lands and Water Resources Committee voted unanimously to defeat House Bill 14. The bill would have limited CBM water discharge to the natural capacity of streambeds and other drainages.

Committee members say they voted against the bill after hearing that flooding from CBM wells has decreased in recent years.

Wyoming State Engineer Patrick T. Tyrrell says he's disappointed that the committee killed the bill. He noted that a task force worked on the bill before the committee considered it in the interim.