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Sneak peak at Wyoming's new oil and gas drilling rules

Sneak peak at Wyoming's new oil and gas drilling rules

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Wyoming is considering some changes to its rules to help keep safe workers in the state's oil and gas fields.

Among them:

  • Required training documentation
  • New emergency communication rules
  • Flame-resistant clothing required
  • Permits for welding or cutting
  • Stricter fall protection rules
  • Fall protection plan and training requirement

The state's proposed changes, listed here, will get a public hearing in Casper on Dec. 2. Written comments will be accepted until Nov. 30.

For a snazzy powerpoint description of the rule changes, go here.

These news rules have been under development while Timothy Ryan, the state's epidemiologist, has been crunching accident data.

His conclusion: More workers die because of incidents on drilling rigs than any where else in oil and gas fields. Transportation fatalities were number two.

Take a look and see what you think. And remember, if you want to weigh in on these rules in writing, now's the time.

Here's a letter sent to Wyoming Oil and Gas Safety Alliance members today from Dave Ramage, chairman of the organization's OSHA committee.

Dave says:

'"Comments concerning these proposed rule changes can be both positive endorsements as well as change recommendations. Comments may be submitted by individuals, employees of companies, or as a consolidated company position."

I've included his letter to this blog post for you to read.

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