Methane Gas

A ground-level flare roars at a well site in Wyoming’s Upper Green River Basin.

The Powder River Basin Resource Council, Taxpayers for Common Sense, Western Organization of Resource Councils and Natural Resources Defense Council have petitioned the Bureau of Land Management to make the oil industry responsible for cleaning up after itself by modernizing bonding requirements to ensure that there is funding available for well plugging and reclamation.

Federal leases require operators to plug their wells and remediate well sites, but today’s rules are so outdated that huge liabilities are left to taxpayers.

Bob LeResche is a former Commissioner of Natural Resources of Alaska, energy executive and investment banker. He is a board member of the Powder River Basin Resource Council and the Western Organization of Resource Councils. He and his wife Carol own a ranch and heirloom vegetable farm near Clearmont, Wyoming. The views expressed here are solely his own.

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