Wyoming Bill Would Require Baseline Water Tests

A proposed Wyoming Senate bill (Senate File 157) that would require baseline groundwater testing by oil and natural gas operators before drilling begins has stirred up controversy, with industry officials questioning whether the law is needed.

January 28, 2013

USGS Provides Methane Baseline for New York Water Wells

Naturally occurring methane in New York water wells could serve as a baseline to measure the quality of the water supply if and when natural gas drilling is expanded and high-volume hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is allowed, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said in a new report. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to announce any day a decision about whether to allow more gas drilling to proceed.

September 10, 2012

Colorado’s Energy Industry Launches Groundwater Sampling

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, the state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the industry’s Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA) this month launched a voluntary baseline groundwater quality sampling program for the energy industry to “proactively” address concerns associated with drilling and hydraulic fracturing.

August 29, 2011

Producers, Colorado to Start Voluntary Groundwater Sampling

A voluntary first-in-the-nation effort to start a baseline groundwater quality sampling program before and after drilling was announced Tuesday as a joint effort among oil/gas producers, Gov. John Hickenlooper and the state Department of Natural Resources at an annual energy conference in Denver hosted by the Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA).

August 4, 2011