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Study: Quake-drilling correlation near Bairoil

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A Wyoming State Geological Survey report finds no correlation in Wyoming between earthquakes and wells the petroleum industry and others use to inject substances underground, with one exception: Several small quakes have been occurring in and near a pair of remote oil fields.

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'Our marker of our place': Rimrocks linked to Billings' identity from the start

'Our marker of our place': Rimrocks linked to Billings' identity from the start

To some people, the Rimrocks that line the northern face of Billings offer a bird’s-eye view of the Yellowstone Valley.

July 06, 2014 12:10 am Video Photos

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Study IDs possible new rare earths sources in Wyoming

Study IDs possible new rare earths sources in Wyoming

CHEYENNE — A new study by the Wyoming State Geological Survey has identified dozens of possible sources of rare earth metals in Wyoming in addition to deposits in the Bear Lodge Mountains that a company already has targeted for mining.

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USGS: Bakken, Three Forks contain 7.4 billion barrels of oil, twice previous estmate

New government data show that 7.4 billion barrels of oil could be recovered from two massive shale formations spanning parts of the Dakotas and Montana, nearly double the amount previously estimated for the region.

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Amid investigation, coal exports at record levels

Amid investigation, coal exports at record levels

DECKER — From the time coal is scooped from the depths of the Spring Creek strip mine in Montana's wide-open Powder River Basin until it travels more than 6,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean to power plants in South Korea, the price can increase more than fivefold.

April 13, 2013 1:23 pm Photos

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From the Editor: In Billings, history sometimes repeats itself

Did you ever wonder what the Wall Street Journal has to say about Billings?

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Minor earthquake shakes Yellowstone National Park

JACKSON, Wyo. — A minor earthquake has rattled Yellowstone National Park.

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New federal oil shale plan limits Wyoming research land

DENVER — The federal government’s new plan for oil shale development on public lands would keep activity off thousands of acres of environmentally sensitive areas, with new leases initially being issued strictly for research on how to commercially produce oil from oil shale in Utah, Wyoming …

February 03, 2012 4:15 pmLoading…

Congressmen scrutinize EPA frack-pollution link in Wyoming

CHEYENNE — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in no way contends that a draft report on groundwater pollution in Wyoming could apply to hydraulic fracturing in any other part of the U.S., an EPA official told a U.S. House subcommittee.

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New flurry of activity hits old Central Montana oilfield

New flurry of activity hits old Central Montana oilfield

JORDAN — Talk of a "mini Bakken" beneath this windswept plain has the 350 people of Jordan talking big.

January 29, 2012 12:20 am Photos

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Methane farming draws concern from Wyoming coal industry, landowners group

CASPER, Wyo. — A Colorado company seeking approval from federal and state agencies for methane farming in the Powder River Basin must still deal with concerns from the coal industry and a landowners group.

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Forest Service sued over Wyoming coal mine expansion

CHEYENNE — Environmental groups on Tuesday took their legal fight to rein in carbon dioxide produced from burning Wyoming coal to a new agency, the U.S. Forest Service.

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Geologists monitoring Yellowstone's underground shifts

Geologists monitoring Yellowstone's underground shifts

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — Geologists here are getting a better feel for what’s going on beneath Yellowstone’s 2.2 million acres of ever-shifting earth thanks to advances in technology.

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Derek Sjostrom teaches geology at Rocky

Derek Sjostrom teaches geology at Rocky

Sjostrom teaches a geology class at Rocky. He joined a National Science Foundation research trip to Mongolia this summer to study mountains there.

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Comments sought on proposed drilling near Dean in '12

Comments sought on proposed drilling near Dean in '12

Custer National Forest officials are considering a proposal from Stillwater Mining Co. to conduct exploratory drilling on forest lands near Dean and are asking for public comment until Sept. 20.

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BLM unseals Powder River Basin coal bids

GILLETTE, Wyo. - A subsidiary of Alpha Natural Resources Inc. has submitted the highest bid for about 130 million tons of mineable coal near Gillette.

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Yellowstone-Bighorn Research Association celebrates 75th anniversary

Yellowstone-Bighorn Research Association celebrates 75th anniversary

Seventy-five years ago, geologists from Princeton University decided to open a summer field station in the Rocky Mountains.

August 16, 2011 3:00 pm Photos

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BLM approves plan to drill in Wyoming elk habitat

CASPER, Wyo. — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Friday gave final approval to a resource management plan for the Fortification Creek area, opening the area that's home to an unusual prairie elk herd to phased gas drilling.

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High Plains-Huber methane deal in Powder River Basin falls through

GILLETTE, Wyo. -- A deal involving the sale of more than 1,700 coal-bed methane wells in the Powder River Basin has fallen through.

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