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WOGCC Participates in the Energy & Natural Resources Section Summit

Representatives from the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission served on a panel at the second annual Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Section Summit in Casper, Wyoming. The event included a half day of CLE programming and offered an array of informative speakers.

The WOGCC panel consisted of Director Mark Watson who discussed Wyoming’s operatorship issues, WOGCC’s orphan well program, the agency’s outreach and education to surface owners that live near areas that have oil and gas activity, and an update of recent federal regulations. WOGCC’s engineers Sabrina Hamner, Tracye Rauscher and Frank Ingham gave an overview of examiner hearings and what they entail including uncontested spacing, pooling and increased density. They focused on how WOGCC hearings proceed and how applicants and their attorneys can ensure the process for approved permits moves along efficiently. Attorneys Eric Easton and Mike Armstrong presented on the recent changes to the WOGCC’s Chapter 5 rules.

“This is the second year WOGCC has presented a CLE program to our Section,” stated attorney Erin Murphy, who was the ENR Section Chair. “It is very helpful to our attorneys participating in the section to hear from the WOGCC. Not only do they gain a deeper understanding of Wyoming’s oil and gas regulations and processes, but they also have the opportunity to ask questions that pertain to their work and their clients regarding the agency.”