OF GOVERNOR MATT MEAD
Governor’s Baseline Water Testing Initiative Goes into Effect in 2014
“I thank all of the people that offered comments on this rule and specifically the Wyoming Outdoor Council, Environmental Defense Fund and Petroleum Association of Wyoming for their constructive input. This is another example of Wyoming leading the nation in striking the right balance between producing needed energy and protecting our natural resources,” Governor Mead said.
The rule requires oil and gas operators to test existing water sources before and after drilling an oil or gas well. Landowners must give consent for operators to sample the permitted or adjudicated water sources. These sources include domestic, stock, industrial, irrigation, municipal or other permitted uses of water.