Wyoming has begun a 45-day comment period on a proposed water well testing requirement before oil and gas activity begins nearby that could set the pattern for other producing states.
"It requires testing of water wells within a half mile radius of any proposed oil and gas well," explained Grant Black, supervisor of Wyoming's Oil & Gas Conservation Commission.
Operators would be required to submit a groundwater baseline sampling and monitoring plan with each drilling permit application for any oil and gas, dedicated injection, or monitoring well. Subsequent sampling and testing also would be required once the well was completed.
Initial sampling and testing would take place ...