WYOMING NEWS SERVICE, Cheyenne, WY – A new report from the National Wildlife Federation catalogs oil and gas industry accidents across the country over the past ten years, including several in Wyoming. Report author Tim Warman says the list illustrates that there are problems at every step when it comes to the production and use of petroleum products, and that those problems lead to accidents and loss of life more often than many Wyomingites may realize.
Congress is currently debating new drilling regulations, and Warman hopes to see stronger rules to hold oil and gas companies accountable. One proposal would lift the cap on liability, a move independent oil and gas companies say would send them out of business.
The report highlights problems at the Frontier Oil Refinery in Cheyenne, where explosions have happened three times over the years, taking one life and injuring seven. But with the high level of oil and gas development in Wyoming, critics point out that the incident list is low compared to other states. California and Texas are listed among the most accident-prone.