Wyoming is looking at new statewide standards aimed at reducing harmful emissions from oil and gas facilities. Companies will be required to check for leaks in facilities every six months.
This is not the first time the state sought to improve air quality. In 2015, an emissionreduction program was put into place for western Wyoming where unhealthy pollution levels were linked to oil and gas development.
In addition to polluting, leaky equipment means natural gas is lost to the tune of $96 million yearly. That in turn leads to a loss in state and local royalty and tax revenue. This adds up to $8.8 to $16 million that doesn’t make its way into government coffers annually.
It has been pointed out the new proposal needs some improvement such as better guidelines on high-emitting pneumatic devices and better defining what is a “modified” facility.