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Wyoming and Fracking

In 2013, Wyoming produced more than two million cubic feet of natural gas. But this energy boom has come with significant costs to air and water quality. In 2011, Wyoming suffered smog worse than the city of Los Angeles.

Since 2010, Wyoming has required companies to disclose their fracking chemicals, but companies can still withhold trade secrets. Thanks to Earthjustice action, those companies now face a heavier burden of proof for their proprietary secrets. In 2012, Wyoming leaders passed requirements for testing of water near gas wells both before and after drilling.

The Fracked Fact Quiz

At one gas well, levels of benzene were found to be how many times above the minimum risk level set by a federal health agency?
zero times
10 times
12,000 times
A 2014 study found the carcinogen benzene levels at one gas well in Wyoming at 12,000 times above the minimum risk level set by the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

Did You Know?

In April 2015, the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission approved a measure to increase the setback between homes and wells to 500 feet, from 350 feet. Local landowners, hoping for a setback of a quarter mile, expressed frustration with the decision and vowed to continue fighting.

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The Fraccidents Map:

High profile incidents ("fraccidents") related to the country's oil and gas drilling boom have occurred in and around Wyoming. Click on each Fraccident icon. fraccident to learn more:

What Else You Can Do

Support A Strong Rule Controlling Methane Pollution

For too long, the oil and gas industry has been allowed to leak millions of tons of methane and other toxic chemicals into the air—despite the availability of proven, low-cost solutions. The EPA has finally proposed the first-ever protections to curb methane pollution from the oil and gas industry.

Earthjustice has been fighting for decades to clean up the oil and gas industry. In 2012, our litigation led the EPA to create and enforce some air pollution limits on the industry. This is the next step in the fight. EPA is taking your comments until Dec. 4

Fracking Across The United States: