Wyoming, as so many other jurisdictions, has a strong preference for mineral development. There is a clear national public policy supporting domestic production. However, legislators do understand that the entry for seismic testing or other testing may have a detrimental affect on property. As such, the legislature is in the process of at least considering protection of interests that are damaged or taken in this testing process.
Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 9:09 am | Updated: 9:12 am, Wed Feb 6, 2013.
Landowners in areas where oil and gas exploration is prevalent got a boost from the Legislature last week when senators revoted and ultimately passed Senate File 136, a bill to strengthen the rules on seismic testing in the oil exploration process. SF136 clarifies and enhances landowner protection by, among other things, requiring the testing company to post a minimum bond to cover surface damages the process may cause. It failed by a narrow margin on its third and final reading, but later was brought up for reconsideration and ultimately passed by three votes.