Testimony and Petitions

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April 1, 2014

ESPC Executive Director Dan Neal presented testimony to the U.S. Department of Labor on OSHA’s proposed silica dust rules. The testimony was given during a three-week informal public hearing in Washington, D.C. that opened on March 18 and concluded April 4. Silica dust represents a significant health hazard for Wyoming workers in many industries, but particularly in hydraulic fracturing and construction. Neal testified with a team of witnesses representing the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, which issued its own news release about the testimony. Written testimony was submitted later and included two letters from Wyoming OSHA. The first was written in July 2012 to alert Wyoming companies and workers to the hazards related to hydraulic fracturing and asked for company involvement in developing engineering controls. No company responded. The second effort to reach Wyoming employers is an outreach letter written by OSHA Deputy Administrator Mike Todd on April 25, 2014. It offers state OSHA consultation services to companies identified as possibly associated with exposure to silica. All of these materials were submitted electronically, along with the state epidemiologist’s 2013 report on health and safety, on May 12 to OSHA and will become part of the written record of comment on the proposed federal rule.

December 6, 2013

Testimony to the Wyoming Occupational Health and Safety Commission on proposed Oil and Gas Well Servicing rules

May 17, 2013

Citizens petition the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to improve standards for flaring, setbacks and accidents.

Wyoming groups and citizens petitioned the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to change state rules on flaring of natural gas, greater set-backs for wells located near homes and schools, and imposing fines for accidents that impact people and property off the well pad. Petitioners include the Powder River Basin Resource Council, Citizens United for Responsible Energy Development, Laramie County Association of Surface Owners, Equality State Policy Center, Cheyenne Area Landowners Coalition, Pavillion Area Concerned Citizens, Clark Resource Council, Kristi Mogen, Wayne Lax, Marvin and Evelyn Griffin and Jim and Deborah Sonderman
      •  May 20, 2013  Joint News Release from the Powder River Resource Council and the Equality State Policy Center announcing the filing of the petition to improve standards for gas flaring, setbacks, and accidents

February 2013

Letter to Senate re: federal lands transfer study legislation

September 26, 2012

Testimony to the Wyoming Occupational Health and Safety Commission on proposed Oil and Gas Well Drilling rules

October 28, 2011

Testimony to the Joint Interim Revenue Committee on coal taxation

January 4, 2011

Testimony to the Office of State Lands and Investments regarding flaring of natural gas on state lands