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State considers regulations to reduce oil well emissions

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming regulators are looking at ways to reduce oil well emissions and update the state’s oil and gas regulations. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission on Tuesday unveiled a proposal that would require companies to submit as part of their drilling permits plans to capture natural gas that is flared off from wells, and also would require monthly reports of flaring and venting volumes.

The changes leave the threshold for flaring without a permit at the current level of 60,000 cubic feet a day without needing state regulator’s approval.

Additional details were unavailable. The commission voted to official open the rule-making process.

The proposal will be reviewed by Gov. Matt Mead before moving into a 45-day public comment period.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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