Wyoming Legislature Swings at Oil Permit Issue, Misses

Publication: American Oil and Gas Reporter
Issue: April 2019
By Dan Larson

For a second year in a row, legislators in Wyoming tried to revise outdated permitting regulations that reward “first in the door” applicants to the detriment of others with an interest oil development. For the second year in a row, their legislation died quiet deaths.

Operator capture, a term for the well permitting issue, was at the heart of five bills introduced this session, none of which had industry support or made it to the floor for a vote. With a growing permit backlog, the issue will be addressed during the interim, said the president of the state’s oil and gas trade association.

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