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Wyoming, Halliburton agree to greater fracking disclosure

Wyoming, Halliburton agree to greater fracking disclosure

CASPER, Wyo. — A legal settlement reached by environmental groups, Wyoming regulators and the oil services giant Halliburton will make it harder for companies to withhold information from the public about the chemicals used in fracking.

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Rancher, state drilling regulator looking for water quality protections

Rancher, state drilling regulator looking for water quality protections

A rancher from Circle who’s also been appointed to the Montana Board of Oil and Gas shared her experiences and her concern Thursday as Bakken oil leases come closer and closer to her ranch.

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With oil now plentiful, experts debate need for Strategic Oil Reserve

WASHINGTON — America’s newly abundant onshore energy supplies are rekindling debate over whether there is too much crude oil, or the right kind, held in the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

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Guest opinion: Drilling IT benefits economy, environment

Credit for the continuing success of America’s shale oil and gas boom goes primarily to new technology and new applications of existing technology.

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Attorney general turns over fracking letter info

Attorney general turns over fracking letter info

GREAT FALLS — Montana Attorney General Tim Fox on Wednesday gave a conservation group the records it wanted about Fox's decision to join other states in protesting plans to regulate hydraulic fracturing on federal land.

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N.D. tribes warn of the environmental impact of oil

NEW TOWN, N.D. — Leaders of North Dakota's Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara nations say that while they are thankful for the money that oil has brought the once-impoverished Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, they are concerned about the environmental impact of drilling on their land.

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Advocate gives Obama Administration 'incomplete' on energy policy

Advocate gives Obama Administration 'incomplete' on energy policy

Oil-and-gas production from unconventional sources such as the prolific Bakken shale has exploded, and the U.S. now produces more oil than it imports.

April 03, 2014 4:38 pmLoading…

S.D. sand not suitable for oil field fracking in N.D.

PIERRE, S.D. — A state study that took more than a year to complete has concluded that sand from western South Dakota is not suitable for use in the oil and gas industry.

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West Casper neighbors worry about impact of proposed storage site

West Casper neighbors worry about impact of proposed storage site

CASPER, Wyo. — Dean Dick motioned his arm along a plane of a rusty wire fence bordering a pond of surface water that ripples above an aquifer.

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Wyoming Supreme Court reverses district court decision on fracking fluids

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed the ruling of a Casper judge who found that ingredients used in fracking fluids are exempt from public disclosure.

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New Wyoming water testing rule doesn't include punishment for pollution

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming’s groundwater-testing rule goes into effect today amid questions from industry and environmentalists over how it will be implemented.

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Montana Energy: For many energy companies, the grass is greener in Billings

Montana Energy: For many energy companies, the grass is greener in Billings

From his office in Billings, Casey Anderson supervises more than a dozen petroleum geologists

March 01, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Belfry well gets public hearing after all

Opponents of a horizontal oil well permitted near Belfry will get their hearing after all.

February 21, 2014 4:44 pmLoading…
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 to spend another $400K on water for Pavillion

Wyoming to spend another $400K on water for Pavillion

RIVERTON, Wyo. — The state will spend at least another $400,000 to provide water to Pavillion-area homeowners with polluted groundwater.

January 29, 2014 4:18 pmLoading…
Conservationists seek judge to overturn drilling permit granted without public hearing

Conservationists seek judge to overturn drilling permit granted without public hearing

Conservation groups that have lined up against oil extraction along southern Montana's Beartooth mountains sued a state oversight board on Wednesday after it approved an initial drilling permit without a public hearing.

January 08, 2014 1:39 pm Photos

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Study: Few Americans understand fracking

Fracking is a buzzword, but few Americans know what it actually means. That is the conclusion of a recent survey published by researchers at Oregon State, George Mason and Yale universities.

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Beartooth drilling protest continues

Beartooth drilling protest continues

A Denver energy company will begin drilling an oil well near Belfry — and possibly use hydraulic fracking — this spring, despite protests in Billings on Wednesday by about 80 opponents.

December 11, 2013 5:38 pm Video Photos

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Oil well near Belfry approved; Red Lodge residents talk fears of Bakken-like atmosphere at town meeting

Oil well near Belfry approved; Red Lodge residents talk fears of Bakken-like atmosphere at town meeting

RED LODGE — Even before Red Lodge-area residents started their meeting Tuesday evening about expanded oil-and-gas development in their backyard, one permit to drill a well near Belfry was a done deal.

December 10, 2013 9:05 pm Photos

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Residents plan protest over Beartooth fracking plan this week

Residents plan protest over Beartooth fracking plan this week

Residents concerned with plans by a Denver energy company to drill about 50 oil and natural gas wells near the Beartooth Mountains — and more wells in the Bighorn Basin — are planning a rally in Billings on Wednesday.

December 09, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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