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Initial tests: No drilling contamination from Bakken wells

Initial tests: No drilling contamination from Bakken wells

Random testing of shallow groundwater in the Northern Plains oil patch found no early evidence of contamination from an energy boom that’s already seen more than 8,500 wells drilled, federal scientists said Monday.

November 17, 2014 9:31 am Photos


Regulations could douse North Dakota gas flares

Regulations could douse North Dakota gas flares

Vehicles burning gasoline refined from crude oil is already one of the world's biggest sources of carbon dioxide emissions, and one of the United States' largest sources of crude oil is the Bakken shale in North Dakota.

October 23, 2014 8:57 amLoading…
WellDog's long road to profitability

WellDog's long road to profitability

LARAMIE — Epiphanies come to different people in different places. John Pope’s came in the shower.

October 20, 2014 9:00 am Photos



White House plan targets methane emissions

WASHINGTON — The White House announced a wide-ranging plan Friday aimed at cutting methane emissions from oil and gas drilling, landfills and other sources, part of President Barack Obama's strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.

March 28, 2014 2:39 pmLoading…

Bankrupt methane farmers propose way out of bind on Wyoming project

CASPER, Wyo. — Executives of bankrupt methane farming company Luca Technologies Inc. sent a letter to Gov. Matt Mead and other state officials saying they are $1.9 million short in bonding of their wells but have a plan to plug them that involves selling a natural gas gathering system subsid…

October 28, 2013 2:47 pmLoading…

County, Wyo., seek Luca taxes, company says no

GILLETTE, Wyo. — State and local officials say they are trying to recover more than $700,000 in taxes from a bankrupt company that sought to use microbes to extract a renewable supply of natural gas from northeast Wyoming’s Powder River Basin.

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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 pmLoading…

Wyoming threatens to pull coalbed methane permits

JACKSON, Wyo. — Wyoming’s Office of State Lands and Investments could begin pulling coalbed methane permits soon in an attempt to force producers to restart a mass of nonproducing wells in the Powder River Basin.

September 14, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…

Solvay kicks off methane capture project

ROCK SPRINGS — Solvay Chemicals has installed a methane recovery facility at its trona mine in Sweetwater County.

July 28, 2012 5:11 pmLoading…

BLM hopes to keep cows out of Pinedale emissions plan

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — With new air quality regulations looming for the Pinedale region, Bureau of Land Management officials are hoping they won’t have to start tracking emissions from an often-overlooked source: local livestock.

June 16, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…

BLM rejects permit for Wyoming methane bacteria project

GILLETTE — Federal land managers have rejected an application by a Colorado company to use bacteria to produce methane from northeast Wyoming coal beds.

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Study: Oil-gas pollution tops expectations

Study: Oil-gas pollution tops expectations

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Ozone-forming air pollution measured along the Colorado Front Range by scientists is up to twice the amount that government regulators have calculated should exist, according to a new study.

February 09, 2012 5:05 pmLoading…

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.

January 08, 2012 11:43 pmLoading…

Luca looking to proceed on Wyoming methane farming

CHEYENNE — A Colorado company expects to get regulatory approval soon so it can begin to exploit bacteria to revive hundreds of tapped-out gas wells in northeast Wyoming.

December 21, 2011 1:16 pmLoading…

EPA chief: Wyoming water well results 'of concern'

CASPER, Wyo. — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency says high levels of methane, benzene and chemicals found in two Wyoming water monitoring wells are “of concern” and said hydraulic fracturing may be responsible.

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Former MSU football player hopes to benefit Eastern Montana with coalbed methane research

Former MSU football player hopes to benefit Eastern Montana with coalbed methane research

BOZEMAN -- Talk to the people of Broadus, and you'll hear lots of fond stories about Elliott Barnhart, the native son who played football for Montana State University from 2004 to 2007.

November 02, 2011 1:45 pmLoading…

Denbury makes $191 million deal for methane-helium plant

CASPER, Wyo. — Denbury Resources Inc. will pay $191 million to Cimarex Energy Co. for the Riley Ridge methane and helium plant under construction south of Big Piney, as well as some adjoining mineral interests.

July 03, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…

Public comment opens on Wyoming methane farming rules

CHEYENNE - The public is getting a chance to weigh in on proposed rules for the nascent methane farming industry in Wyoming.

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Three energy companies face fines at Wyoming hearing

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Three energy companies accused of injecting chemicals into Powder River Basin coal seams without a permit may face fines and penalties after a hearing in Casper.

March 06, 2011 1:06 pmLoading…

BLM seeking comment on 48 proposed coal-bed methane wells

RAWLINS, Wyo. — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on plans to drill 48 coal-bed methane wells southwest of Rawlins.

January 31, 2011 7:30 amLoading…

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