Historic droughts have had a wide-ranging effect on the U.S. West. But, as droughts persist, policy choices and harder – as do temptations to bend or avoid the rules. Anchor Brock Yordy rounds up some of these issues this week. It’s Driller Newscast episode 27.

“We need to be on top of these things from our state level and our National Ground Water Association level,” Yordy says, “and understand how we can be a positive impact.”

This episode covers:

  • Refocusing on jobsite safety after a holiday weekend
  • Federal Infrastructure Law funds for plugging orphan oil & gas wells
  • Federal Infrastructure Law funds for water re-use projects
  • ASR wells and other opportunities for drillers
  • Oregon’s Klamath Irrigation District dispute with federal water authorities
  • Mysterious Cambridge Canal release in Nebraska
  • Fraud and market manipulation in water access
  • The importance of reliable, accurate data in building water use policy

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Drilling expert Brock Yordy is a regular The Driller contributing writer. Send news tips and interview suggestions to questions@askbrock.com.