By Bob Beck
Laramie, Wyo. – While Wyoming's congressional delegation is trying to stop the government from regulating the oil and gas industry, a state organizer says some specific regulations are appropriate. At issue is the practice of hydraulic fracturing, when drillers inject water mixed with sand deep underground to break up dense rock and force the natural gas to the surface.
The Wyoming Oil and Gas industry says there is no evidence that the practice has caused any harm. But Powder River Basin Resource Council Organizer Deb Thomas is not so sure. "We are seeing groundwater contamination in areas where there is oil and gas contamination and exploration happening," she said.
Thomas is supporting a move in congress to regulate the practice. Wyoming Representative Cynthia Lummis says that is better left up to the state Oil and Gas Commission.