What reclamation issues landowners entering lease agreements with energy exploration and production companies should be aware of are described in a new bulletin from the Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Center (WRRC) at the University of Wyoming.
“Reclamation considerations for oil and gas lease contracts on private lands, ” B-1242, describes what should be discussed by landowners and contactors before a lease agreement is signed. A reclamationplan should be agreed upon prior to the construction phase of oil or natural gas wells, according to the publication authors Jay Norton and Calvin Strom.
Norton is a professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and is the UW Extension soils specialist, and Calvin Strom is a researcher in the WRRC.
The publication is available for free download by going to http://www.uwyo.edu/ces, clicking on Publications on the left-hand side then Search Bulletins. Type the publication number in the search field.