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Wyoming's Year in News Photos

Wyoming's Year in News Photos

Tommy Hilliard, a company man for Jonah Energy, talks on the phone below the Ensign drilling rig he oversees Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 in the Jonah Field near Pinedale. (Alan Rogers, Star-Tribune)

December 17, 2014 6:13 pm
Crude tumble raises prospects of layoffs in oil fields

Crude tumble raises prospects of layoffs in oil fields

CASPER, Wyo. — American crude fell below $60 a barrel Thursday for the first time since 2009, raising the prospects of layoffs in Wyoming’s oil patch as companies rush to cut costs.

December 11, 2014 5:15 pmLoading…
Critics blast plan for drilling near Adobe Town

Critics blast plan for drilling near Adobe Town

Environmentalists are assailing a plan by an Oklahoma-based company to drill up to 17 natural gas wells near the colorful badlands of Adobe Town, in Wyoming's southwestern desert. 

November 30, 2014 5:00 pmLoading…

Wyoming proposes new minimum distance between homes and oil wells

CASPER, Wyo. — Oil and gas companies could drill wells 500 feet from the nearest home under a proposal announced Tuesday by the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

November 18, 2014 7:00 pmLoading…

North Dakota tribe to drill its own oil wells

WILLISTON, N.D. — The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation is planning to drill the first tribe-owned oil wells on its North Dakota reservation next year.

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Flaring

Flaring

Flares burn at a well site Oct. 21 in Converse County near Douglas. Converse County rejected a request from Chesapeake Energy for a tax exemption on flaring equipment pollution controls.

October 27, 2014 6:14 pm
High-ranking state official blasts Laramie County oil development

High-ranking state official blasts Laramie County oil development

CASPER, Wyo. — Oil development in Laramie County is "devastating to the quality of life of residents who live within eye and earshot" of nearby drilling rigs, a high-ranking state health official wrote in a recent letter to local officials.

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Wyoming rig count up 25 percent since June

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming’s drilling fleet has grown 25 percent since June, with the state adding two more rigs last week to bring the total number to 62.

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Company files record-breaking number of drilling applications

CASPER, Wyo. — A Houston oil company filed about 200 drilling applications in Laramie County during the last two weeks, a significant spike signaling rising competition among the companies seeking to unlock the area’s rich reserves.

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Anschutz marks return to Wyoming with purchase of Barrett acreage

CASPER, Wyo. — The Anschutz Corp. is coming back to Wyoming to look for oil.

September 18, 2014 6:30 amLoading…
Jonah Energy

Jonah Energy

Driller Scott MacPhearson runs the control room of the Ensign 157 rig on Sept. 8 in the Jonah Field near Pinedale. Ensign is a contract partner for Jonah Energy, which recently acquired Encana’s natural gas assets in the area.

September 14, 2014 6:46 pm
diy couple

diy couple

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Exploratory mine drilling OK'd in Beartooths

Exploratory mine drilling OK'd in Beartooths

The Beartooth Ranger District has approved Stillwater Mining Co.’s Blitz Ridge exploratory drilling in the mountains near Dean.

June 17, 2014 6:19 pmLoading…
Nearly half of Wyoming oil, gas wells uninspected

Nearly half of Wyoming oil, gas wells uninspected

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Almost half of all newly drilled oil and gas wells considered high pollution risks in Wyoming weren't inspected over a recent three-year period, according to an Associated Press review of federal data.

June 14, 2014 9:02 pmLoading…
Study: N.D. oil worker death rate 6 times U.S. average

Study: N.D. oil worker death rate 6 times U.S. average

WILLISTON, N.D. — North Dakota has the country's highest death rate for workers in the oil, gas and mining sector, at more than six times the national average, and an even higher rate among construction workers, according to a new report from the nation's largest labor union.

May 13, 2014 10:50 am Photos

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N.D. posts 977,000 barrels of oil daily in March

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota oil drillers produced an average of about 977,000 barrels of oil a day in March.

May 13, 2014 10:25 amLoading…

North Dakota may fine truck company more than $2M

WILLISTON, N.D. — A Wyoming-based trucking company working in North Dakota could face fines of $2 million or more for operating without a license and illegally dumping saltwater, a byproduct of oil production, two North Dakota state agencies said Tuesday.

April 15, 2014 1:47 pmLoading…

BLM: Companies need repaid if drilling rejected

JACKSON, Wyo. — A U.S. Bureau of Land Management official says the government would need to repay $2.6 million to petroleum companies if the U.S. Forest Service decides next year not to allow gas drilling in part of the Wyoming Range.

March 26, 2014 1:17 pmLoading…
Drill site

Drill site

This photo of one of Stillwater Mining Co.'s drill sites in the Beartooth Mountains was taken from the helicopter used to shuttle people and equipment to the site. Everything had to be flown in and out, including the mini-excavator used to dig the sumps, which was used to reclaim them when t…

December 31, 2013 3:33 pmLoading…
High drilling

High drilling

This photo of one of Stillwater Mining Co.'s drill sites in the Beartooth Mountains was taken from the helicopter used to shuttle people and equipment to the site. Everything had to be flown in and out, including the mini-excavator used to dig the sumps, which was used to reclaim them when t…

December 31, 2013 3:33 pmLoading…

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