EARTHblog » Jennifer Goldman
June 25, 2010
Last week the Wyoming Oil & Gas Conservation Commission (WOGCC) passed several new oil and gas rules. These new rules are a badly needed step in the right direction and it's important that states move forward with updating their oil and gas regulations.
But, let's not get too carried away with Wyoming's good works. The cozy relationship between industry and Wyoming regulators is still very much alive and protected by a lack of adequate local, state and federal regulation that is consistently enforced.
September 18, 2009
Yesterday, the House Natural Resources Committee held the second of two hearings on Chairman Nick Rahall's bill H.R. 3534, the "Consolidated Land, Energy and Aquatic Resources Act", which contains a number of modest reforms to the federal government's oil and gas programs.
The oil and gas industry, all too predictably, can be expected to fire back that any reform directed at their business is unnecessary, prohibitively costly to this multi-billion dollar industry, and could severely limit our nation's gas supplies.