WY committee rejects limiting severing land and pore space

CHEYENNE — A legislative committee rejected an amendment Monday that would have barred Wyoming landowners from selling their land separately from the space below it.

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill that would give Wyoming landowners rights over pore space below their surface property. Subsurface space can be leased to companies for energy storage.

However, the committee voted to leave it up to the courts to determine whether pore space is severable from land ownership on a case-by-case basis.

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