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Wyoming's oil fields hold firm in the face of declining prices, but worries mount

Wyoming's oil fields hold firm in the face of declining prices, but worries mount

CASPER, Wyo. — At G-Ma’s, a Mills diner where pickups bearing the logos of companies such as Halliburton jam the parking lot, talk around the breakfast counter one recent morning focused on falling oil prices.

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'All factors point to very positive' for Billings, Eastern Montana

'All factors point to very positive' for Billings, Eastern Montana

With low unemployment, falling fuel prices, and growing consumer demand, the greater Billings area and most of Eastern Montana have been enjoying a good run, experts say.

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Roofing boom puts pinch on local contractors seeking laborers

Roofing boom puts pinch on local contractors seeking laborers

Nick Zyliak was happy with his summer job but was surprised one day to find his services in demand.

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Converse County denies Chesapeake exemption

Converse County denies Chesapeake exemption

CASPER, Wyo. — Converse County recently rejected Chesapeake Energy’s bid to earn a tax exemption for pollution controls on its flaring equipment in a move that state and local officials say could set an important precedent for Wyoming’s growing oil fields.

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Oil boom widens wage gap between the sexes

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota's unprecedented oil bonanza has boosted the state's median household income to record levels.

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Emergency response adapts to remote ND oil patch

Emergency response adapts to remote ND oil patch

MANDAREE, N.D. — Troy Easton traded his career as a flight paramedic for a drilling rig job in Wyoming six years ago, pulling in three times what he used to make. From Texas to Wyoming’s hilly gas patch, he noticed that much of the nation’s resurgent oil and gas industry’s activity was takin…

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Have You Heard: Beef O'Brady's seeking new franchise owner; Starbucks open on Grand

Have You Heard: Beef O'Brady's seeking new franchise owner; Starbucks open on Grand

Wanna own a sports-pub franchise in Billings? Beef O’Brady’s is taking applications.

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EPA to open environmental crimes office in N.D.

EPA to open environmental crimes office in N.D.

BISMARCK, N.D. — For the first time and because of environmental issues in the Bakken oil fields, an office of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Criminal Investigation Division will open in North Dakota.

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On ag tour, Daines hears farmers' concerns in Huntley

On ag tour, Daines hears farmers' concerns in Huntley

Frustrated farmers told Congressman Steve Daines on Monday in Huntley that clogged rail lines, increasing federal regulations and cheap imports are hurting their business.

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Help wanted: Billings-area businesses struggling to hire, keep workers

Help wanted: Billings-area businesses struggling to hire, keep workers

Stacey Ronquillo is down to one part-time employee at his Billings lawn care business this summer, and it’s costing him precious work.

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Using CO2 for more oil topic of Laramie confab

Using CO2 for more oil topic of Laramie confab

LARAMIE, Wyo. — A visiting professor at the University of Wyoming says using carbon dioxide to re-pressurize Wyoming's aging oil fields could yield up to 1 billion barrels of oil.

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SBA Official: 'Obamacare' won't kill jobs

New federal health insurance laws won’t be the job killers that critics fear, a U.S. Small Business Administration official said Thursday in Billings.

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Hearing set for input on ND gas flaring policy

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota regulators have scheduled a public hearing later this month on a new plan to reduce the flaring of natural gas in the western oil fields.

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Lawmakers question Missoula megaload permits, fees

HELENA - A panel of Montana lawmakers on Tuesday questioned Missoula's requirement that companies pay $309 for a permit to move a megaload of oil-refinery equipment through the city, on top of the permit and fees already required by the state.

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Enrollments increasing in oil patch schools

MINOT, N.D. — Public school enrollments are on the rise in the western North Dakota oil patch.

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Wyoming, Montana carbon dioxide pipeline opens Jan. 1

Wyoming, Montana carbon dioxide pipeline opens Jan. 1

POWDER RIVER, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead and other state and local officials gathered Wednesday in a small lot in western Natrona County to dedicate a carbon dioxide pipeline that will bring new life to oil fields in Wyoming and Montana.

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Greencore pipeline

Greencore pipeline

A hub of the Greencore pipeline is shown just east of Powder River in Natrona County. A visiting professor at the University of Wyoming says using carbon dioxide to re-pressurize Wyoming's aging oil fields could yield up to 1 billion barrels of oil.

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Kidnapping suspect promised work

Kidnapping suspect promised work

SIDNEY — Family and friends of one of the two suspects in a brutal Montana kidnapping described him as an illiterate young father who was eager for work when he fell under the sway of a convicted criminal promising lucrative employment in the Bakken oil fields.

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Information meeting on Bakken jobs set

Interested in working in the Bakken oil field?

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Trucking parts is big business

Trucking parts is big business

As huge trucks crawl bumper to bumper across the Bakken oil fields, a Billings business is making money supplying parts to keep them running.

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