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From the Editor: Lower gas prices please consumers, but producers face challenges

With the holidays at hand, consumers are feeling a little more flush now that gas prices have dipped below $3 a gallon.

December 01, 2014 12:00 am(0)
Oil industry advocate says innovation is key to keeping industry healthy

Oil industry advocate says innovation is key to keeping industry healthy

Alex Epstein says he’s not too worried about running out of oil. But he sometimes worries that the industry won’t always have the freedom to develop it.

August 27, 2014 4:33 pm Photos



Guest opinion: New EPA rules would hurt coal-producing states

The Obama administration unveiled new regulations on June 2 to restrict the amount of carbon dioxide produced by existing power plants. While we agree that America needs to balance energy needs with environmental concerns, the timing of this effort could hardly be worse for the struggling U.…

June 10, 2014 12:44 pm(0)

Guest opinion: PSC must weigh carbon cost risk in dam decision

Last week the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its latest report, this one detailing the current and expected impacts from climate change. The report is the latest in a series of undeniable signals that the U.S. and the world will and must get serious about a…

April 09, 2014 12:00 am(0)

Wyoming nears baseline tests before oil-gas drilling

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is poised to require the companies that drill for oil and gas in the state to first test nearby water wells and other water sources for pollution.

November 08, 2013 9:02 am(0)

Casper minister supports church's efforts to divest from fossil fuels

The minister of the Casper United Church of Christ said she voted for a resolution at her denomination's national convention to divest pension funds and investments from fossil fuel companies because of climate change concerns.

July 13, 2013 11:45 pm(0)

Judge to settle oil leasing dispute in Montana

A federal judge will decide if almost 80,000 acres of oil and gas leases in Montana should be canceled after environmentalists sued over climate change worries.

May 24, 2013 5:27 pm(1)
ExxonMobil donates $2.5M to UW for energy research

ExxonMobil donates $2.5M to UW for energy research

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Another major corporate gift from the oil-and-gas industry, this time from ExxonMobil, seeks to boost hydrocarbon deposit research at the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources.

February 07, 2013 5:18 pm(0)
No one testifies against bill to cut business equipment tax

No one testifies against bill to cut business equipment tax

HELENA — Business groups turned out Wednesday to support a Republican senator’s bill to further reduce the state’s property tax on business equipment.

January 23, 2013 11:10 am(0)
Hess gift of $4.4M to boost UW energy research

Hess gift of $4.4M to boost UW energy research

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead received a nice surprise shortly after he was elected. It was Ultra Petroleum's $1 million gift toward construction of the University of Wyoming Energy Engineering Research Facility.

January 18, 2013 2:49 pm(1)

Guest opinion: Costs of coal include illness, climate change

In a July 28 guest opinion, Charles Cashell bemoaned efforts to reduce coal mining and coal-fired energy. Cashell suggested that Americans should welcome coal as a source of cheap energy as well as employment. And he ends his essay by saying that “Best of all, everyone can afford it (coal).”

August 04, 2012 12:10 am(22)

Barrasso, Enzi critical of EPA power plant rules

CHEYENNE — Wyoming Republican Sens. John Barrasso and Mike Enzi are critical of federal pollution limits on new power plants.

March 27, 2012 6:10 pm(0)

Guest opinion: U.S. must reduce energy waste, tap oil alternatives

Energy development in Montana is big news these days. Whether it is piping oil from the tar sands to Texas or pumping it from the Bakken oil field, many Montanans feel conflicted. While Big Oil offers revenue and jobs, it brings profound changes to Montana boom towns, and the hidden costs, b…

March 24, 2012 12:05 am(0)

Guest opinion: No more dumping: Fossil fuels must cover waste disposal costs

While the U.S. government throws money here and there at various forms of both alternative and conventional sources of energy, we are not developing a sensible and sustainable national energy policy.

March 10, 2012 12:05 am(0)
Crow tribe renews bid to tap 9B ton coal cache

Crow tribe renews bid to tap 9B ton coal cache

Montana's Crow tribe and an Australian company on Friday renewed their bid to tap into the reservation's huge fossil fuel reserves, with a scaled-down proposal for a coal-to-liquids plant and the new pursuit of coal exports to Asia.

July 29, 2011 10:58 am(0)

Guest opinion: Wyo., Alaska experience suggests federal oil subidies can go

The Obama administration has proposed eliminating several federal tax breaks for the oil and natural gas industry. This raises an important question: Do tax incentives influence oil production? At a time of both record budget deficits and energy industry profits, both Montana and the federal…

May 28, 2011 12:00 am(0)

Gazette opinion: Lawmakers should back coal, wind energy

Montana is an energy exporter, shipping coal, oil, gas and electricity to markets far beyond our state line. Here in Montana, we have higher energy needs than most Americans. We need fuel to keep us warm through the winter, and the great distances between communities in our great, big state …

March 24, 2011 12:00 am(0)

Military officers say fossil-fuel reliance a security, economic threat to U.S.

HELENA — Montana legislators last week heard from an unlikely duo about how the United States must pursue renewable power and move away from fossil fuels: A retired U.S. Navy vice-admiral and a Marine Corps colonel.

February 06, 2011 12:00 am(0)

Lawmaker blames GOP for energy policy's failure

HELENA — A Democratic state senator says lawmakers failed to come up with an updated energy policy proposal over the legislative interim because of Republicans' denial of climate change.

January 07, 2011 5:56 pm(0)

Ecologist will be keynote at NPRC

Cancer survivor, biologist, author and poet Sandra Steingraber plans to come to the heart of one of the nation's primary energy-producing regions Nov. 13 to call for an end to the production and use of fossil fuels.

November 03, 2010 3:22 pm(0)

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