Governor Matt Mead is considering requiring companies to test for groundwater contamination before drilling for oil or gas.
The new requirement would be part of the Mead’s energy strategy for the state. The goal is to make it easier to determine whether contaminated water was the result of energy production.
Jill Morrison with the Powder River Basin Resource Council says the proposed requirement is long overdue.
Governor Matt Mead is asking the Department of Interior to give the state 90 days of additional time to respond to new federal hydraulic fracturing rules.
The governor is concerned that the rules, when combined with existing state rules, will drive up costs for the oil and gas industry. He says Wyoming wants more time to study impacts to the state.