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Yellowstone County economy primed for more energy growth

Yellowstone County economy primed for more energy growth

The Bakken oil boom and skyrocketing farm commodity prices kept the Billings economy chugging through the recession, and still economic developers believe its train has yet to come in.

December 22, 2013 12:15 am Photos



Guest opinion: U.S. must export oil to sustain shale boom

If you’ve been caught off guard by the shale energy revolution, you’re not alone. Surging U.S. natural gas production and booming oil production from shale formations have given even mighty OPEC whiplash. U.S. imports of oil have dropped dramatically – they’re at their lowest point in more t…

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BLM energy leasing decision prompts lawsuit threat

BLM energy leasing decision prompts lawsuit threat

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Seven conservation groups have notified the Bureau of Land Management they plan to sue the agency for making more than 1,200 square miles available for potential oil shale and tar sands leasing in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.

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New federal rules for Wyoming oil shale draw mixed reactions

New federal rules for Wyoming oil shale draw mixed reactions

CASPER, Wyo. — The federal government's new rules controlling oil shale development are drawing mixed reviews in Wyoming.

March 29, 2013 10:30 pm Photos



BLM offers options on oil shale royalty rates

DENVER — Federal officials are looking at options for setting royalties for commercial oil shale development, including implementing sliding-scale royalties or giving the interior secretary authority to set a higher rate than a 12.5 percent minimum rate if it's deemed appropriate.

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Wyoming conservation group protests BLM oil shale plan

CASPER, Wyo. -- A Wyoming conservation group is one of three organizations opposing a federal Bureau of Land Management decision to open federal lands to oil shale research and development.

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U.S. limits oil shale development in Rocky Mountains

U.S. limits oil shale development in Rocky Mountains

SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. Department of the Interior scaled back a Bush administration plan Friday to lease Western rangelands for development of oil shale and tar sands, the unconventional sources of oil found in pockets of the Rocky Mountains.

November 09, 2012 6:03 pmLoading…

Mead opposes BLM's plan to cut oil shale leasing

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Gov. Matt Mead has told the U.S. Bureau of Land Management that he disagrees with the agency's proposal to reduce the amount of land in the state available to possible oil shale research and demonstration projects by placing sage grouse areas as well as potential wilderness…

May 07, 2012 12:49 pmLoading…

Feds collect reaction to oil shale development

SALT LAKE CITY — The federal government is closing a public comment period on plans for oil shale development that have sharply cut public lands available for research and development projects.

May 03, 2012 2:15 pmLoading…

New process to expedite drilling on public lands

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Tuesday unveiled new procedures to speed up drilling on public lands, an area where Republicans and the oil industry have pressed the administration to do more to boost oil production and help drive down gasoline prices.

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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…

BLM reconsidering Wyoming oil shale leasing

CHEYENNE - The U.S Bureau of Land Management on Thursday brought to Cheyenne its roadshow seeking public comment as it reconsiders a Bush administration oil shale development plan.

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BLM seeks comment on oil shale plan

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Bureau of Land Management is holding a public meeting on oil shale in Cheyenne on Thursday.

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BLM oil shale meetings move to Colorado next

DENVER — The Bureau of Land Management is taking its public meetings on oil shale to Colorado, as the Interior Department takes a fresh look at an oil shale plan released by the Bush administration.

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Oil, gas leases in high demand in western Nebraska and eastern Wyoming

LINCOLN, Neb. - Oil and gas leases over the Niobrara shale formation in western Nebraska are in high demand.

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Laramie County sees jump in heavy truck permits

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Laramie County is seeing a boom in permits being issued for oversized trucks, just as interest in oil shale in the Niobrara formation is growing.

December 26, 2010 3:29 pmLoading…

BLM moves on Round 2 of Colorado, Utah oil shale deals

DENVER — Nominations for three more leases of federal land in Colorado and Utah for oil shale research are advancing for more review, the Bureau of Land Management said Wednesday.

October 13, 2010 4:59 pmLoading…

Judge grants government another delay in oil shale lawsuits

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - A federal judge has grudgingly granted the federal government a ninth delay in responding to lawsuits challenging a plan to open nearly 2 million acres of public land in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado to oil shale development.

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Mining companies report progress in oil shale trials

GOLDEN, Colo. - Efforts to mine oil from rock are ongoing in Wyoming, Colorado and Utah, speakers at a symposium said Tuesday, the same day Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in Salt Lake City that he would cut the size of new oil shale leases.

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