By Bob Beck
Laramie, Wyo – The state senate has killed a bill that would have given rights to landowners whose property is flooded or otherwise impacted by water from coal bed methane development.
The controversial bill died on a tie vote, following a lengthy debate. The bill had been heavily amended and Senator Charles Scott of Casper was among those who feared that it tipped the balance too favorably towards landowners.
Gillette Senator John Hines says landowners have been suffering unfair impacts from C-B-M water discharges and the state needed to help provide them with some rights.
Industry representatives heavily lobbied against the bill over the weekend and changed the minds of several senators who had previously supported the measure.