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New Wyoming rule seeks to boost oil, gas permit competition

December 30, 2019 GMT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A new rule in Wyoming seeks to reduce a record number of applications for permits to drill oil and gas wells.

The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission rule makes it easier for other developers and mineral owners to challenge permit applications and contest permits when drilling doesn’t begin right away.

Wyoming Oil and Gas Supervisor Mark Watson says the rule encourages competition.

Recently companies with no immediate plans to drill in have been applying for multiple permits to secure control over potential drilling areas in Wyoming.

The commission received almost 70,000 drilling permit applications in just three years. The Casper Star-Tribune reports the commission faced a backlog of thousands of permit applications and protests from competing operators.

The new rule took effect Dec. 20.