Wyoming Regulators Approve Tougher Well Flaring Rules
Wyoming oil and gas regulators approved new rules on 9 February to limit how much and for how long natural gas petroleum developers may vent or burn off gas from newly drilled wells.
Companies would need approval to vent or flare longer than 6 months under the rules approved by the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in Casper.
Lower volumes of gas could be vented, or released without burning. Higher volumes would need to be burned off for safety and to limit air pollution.
Gas vented or flared from a well couldn’t exceed 45 million cubic feet, or 600 times more gas than an average US household uses in a year, without commission approval.