Wyoming’s fracking rules seen as model

Natural gas fracking near Douglas, Wyo. Gas and oil companies will have to test water within a half-mile of drilling sites. / Kevin Moloney for The New York Times
Natural gas fracking near Douglas, Wyo. Gas and oil companies will have to test water within a half-mile of drilling sites. / Kevin Moloney for The New York Times

 

Natural gas fracking near Douglas, Wyo. Gas and oil companies will have to test water within a half-mile of drilling sites. / Kevin Moloney for The New York Times
Natural gas fracking near Douglas, Wyo. Gas and oil companies will have to test water within a half-mile of drilling sites. / Kevin Moloney for The New York Times

By Kate Galbraith | The New York Times

In energy-friendly Wyoming, oil and gas companies are getting a clear message: Drill, baby, drill — but carefully.

Last week, state regulators approved one of the nation’s strongest requirements for testing water wells near drilling sites. The measure is intended to address concerns that groundwater can become contaminated from drilling activities.

It is the latest of several groundbreaking regulations related to energy production issued by Wyoming, which in 2010 became the first state to require disclosure of some of the chemicals used in the drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

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