CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — People are getting a chance to tell Wyoming regulators their thoughts about increasing the minimum distance required between homes and oil and gas wells.
The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will hold a public hearing on the issue at 3 p.m. Monday. The commission proposes to increase from 350 to 500 feet the shortest allowable distance between oil and gas drilling and any occupied structure.
Environmentalists and petroleum industry officials are likely to speak up at the public hearing in Casper.
Some groups say 500 feet isn’t enough room to separate homes from the noise and pollution produced by oil and gas rigs. Others say 500 feet is a good compromise that wouldn’t stifle development.
The commission could vote on the change as soon as Tuesday.
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