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Have You Heard: Montana 9th poorest state, study says

A new survey shows that Montanans’ income and individual wealth are not keeping up with the state’s fast economic growth.

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Engineering firm rides Bakken wave to downtown Billings expansion

Engineering firm rides Bakken wave to downtown Billings expansion

Just two years ago, Anvil Corp. was a sleepy little engineering firm on the Billings West End that focused on design for the oil and gas industry in Yellowstone County.

September 21, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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MEIC sues attorney general over access to documents

MEIC sues attorney general over access to documents

HELENA — The Montana Environmental Information Center has sued Attorney General Tim Fox to gain access to certain documents related to the public position he took on hydraulic fracturing.

January 31, 2014 9:31 pmLoading…

Wyoming delegation: Exempt state from fracking rules

CASPER, Wyo. -- Wyoming’s congressional delegation sent Interior Secretary Sally Jewell a letter Monday asking her to exempt the Cowboy State from proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing because Wyoming already regulates the practice.

August 19, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…

Lummis-supported bills move forward

CASPER, Wyo. -- Rep. Cynthia Lummis supported three bills that successfully passed through the House Natural Resources Committee last week, each of which she said will help the Cowboy State.

August 04, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…
EPA won't finalize Wyoming fracking-pollution study

EPA won't finalize Wyoming fracking-pollution study

CHEYENNE — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has dropped plans to have outside experts review its theory that hydraulic fracturing may have played a role in groundwater pollution in Wyoming, and the agency no longer plans to write a final report on its research that led to the controv…

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Interior issues new public land fracking rule

Interior issues new public land fracking rule

WASHINGTON — Companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands will be required to disclose publicly the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations, the Obama administration said Thursday. The new "fracking" rule replaces a draft proposed last year that was withdrawn amid …

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How fracking transforms fortunes, land

How fracking transforms fortunes, land

RIFLE, Colo. — Three hours west of Denver, across the Continental Divide, the Rocky Mountains begin the long transition into high desert plateaus.

April 12, 2013 4:00 pm Photos

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Bakken boom making big impact on Billings businesses

Bakken boom making big impact on Billings businesses

To visualize the economic impact to Billings of the Bakken oil boom, you can watch the oil field trucks rumble by or you can track subtler clues.

December 16, 2012 1:30 am Photos

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Son of Bakken formation namesake remains reserved

Son of Bakken formation namesake remains reserved

TIOGA, N.D. - Lorin Bakken recalls it was 2007 when he began seeing his name in the newspaper and on TV frequently as the North Dakota oil boom started to heat up.

December 02, 2012 12:00 pmLoading…
US may soon become world's top oil producer

US may soon become world's top oil producer

NEW YORK — U.S. oil output is surging so fast that the United States could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest producer.

October 23, 2012 5:00 pmLoading…
New Wyoming tests show less benzene in fracking zone

New Wyoming tests show less benzene in fracking zone

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — New groundwater testing in Wyoming shows lower levels of the carcinogen benzene than what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported when it linked contaminants in two water wells to hydraulic fracturing, but only one well was tested this time.

September 26, 2012 4:30 pmLoading…

OSHA issues alert related to hydraulic fracturing

DENVER — Federal officials have issued a hazard alert aimed at protecting workers at hydraulic fracturing operations from silica exposure. Hydraulic fracturing involves blasting rock with water, sand and chemicals to extract oil and natural gas. Crystalline silica is part of sand. The Occup…

June 21, 2012 9:22 pmLoading…

Top Wyoming oil-gas regulator quits after 'greed' comments

Wyoming oil and gas supervisor Tom Doll has resigned, Gov. Matt Mead announced late Thursday, slightly more than a week after Doll came under fire for remarks about some residents and a federal water investigation in west-central Wyoming.

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Federal official outlines economic promise, perils

Federal official outlines economic promise, perils

CASPER, Wyo. -- The U.S. economy continues to grow, but slowly, as if unsure of its footing.

May 08, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…
Interior sets new drilling rules on public land

Interior sets new drilling rules on public land

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Friday it will for the first time require companies drilling for oil and natural gas on public and Indian lands to publicly disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations.

May 04, 2012 2:25 pmLoading…
Congressional hearing in Denver tackles fracking

Congressional hearing in Denver tackles fracking

DENVER — Western state officials took turns bashing the federal government Wednesday at a congressional field hearing on proposed nationwide drilling rules on hydraulic fracturing.

May 02, 2012 6:00 pmLoading…

Wyoming governor protests proposed federal fracking rules

CASPER — Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead is protesting new natural gas drilling regulations being considered by the federal government.

April 17, 2012 2:31 pmLoading…

Lawsuit: Regulators were wrong to guard fracking fluid contents

Wyoming regulators improperly protected the chemical content of fluids used in hydraulic fracturing, a handful of groups contend in a lawsuit filed late last week.

March 26, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…
Bakken oilman says energy independence is possible

Bakken oilman says energy independence is possible

A billionaire oilman who is widely credited for jump-starting the Bakken oil boom in North Dakota and Montana says energy independence for the United States is no longer a pipe dream.

March 22, 2012 9:30 pmLoading…

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