WY panel takes up subsurface rights bill

CHEYENNE — The Senate Judiciary Committee¬†today took up a bill that would give Wyoming landowners rights to space in the ground below their property.

The idea of the bill is to allow landowners to profit if a company wishes to lease the ground below their property to store carbon dioxide or water.

Lawmakers¬†today discussed changing the bill so that property owners couldn’t separate out the subsurface rights from the surface rights and sell those rights individually.

The committee plans to continue discussing the bill on Monday.

If the Senate Judiciary Committee approves the bill, the measure would need to pass the Senate and get the governor’s approval before becoming law.