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Mead wants to avoid 'overreaction' on drilling setbacks

Mead wants to avoid 'overreaction' on drilling setbacks

CASPER, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead said Tuesday he hopes a proposal to increase the buffer between dwellings and oil rigs will prevent an increase in opposition to energy development.

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Feds behind on oil well inspections in Dakotas

BISMARCK, N.D. — Federal oil field inspectors are hustling to clear a backlog of hundreds of uninspected well sites on public and tribal lands in North Dakota, amid the explosion of drilling activity.

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Nearly half of Wyoming oil, gas wells uninspected

Nearly half of Wyoming oil, gas wells uninspected

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Almost half of all newly drilled oil and gas wells considered high pollution risks in Wyoming weren't inspected over a recent three-year period, according to an Associated Press review of federal data.

June 14, 2014 9:02 pmLoading…

DNRC stops water sale for oil drilling project; Belfry gravel pit owner lacked water right

A landowner near Belfry has been told to stop selling water to an oil company drilling in the area.

May 23, 2014 5:30 pmLoading…

Oil well leaking oil, gas plugged in North Dakota

WILLISTON, N.D. — An oil well that leaked an unknown amount of oil, gas and other liquids over the weekend has been plugged in northwestern North Dakota, state officials said Tuesday.

May 13, 2014 4:56 pmLoading…
Study: N.D. oil worker death rate 6 times U.S. average

Study: N.D. oil worker death rate 6 times U.S. average

WILLISTON, N.D. — North Dakota has the country's highest death rate for workers in the oil, gas and mining sector, at more than six times the national average, and an even higher rate among construction workers, according to a new report from the nation's largest labor union.

May 13, 2014 10:50 am Photos


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



Guest opinion: Inevitable community changes of oil development

Here is a lesson for all my fellow Montanans living east of the Rocky Mountain Front, especially those in the Beartooth Front. I’m a resident of Savage, which is well within the Bakken formation. I have lived here since 1986 and observed the influx of the oil industry.

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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



Mead plan would speed Wyo. orphan well cleanup

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming governor's office has come out with a plan to plug and reclaim as many as 4,400 abandoned oil and gas wells over the next four to seven years.

December 10, 2013 4:09 pmLoading…

Mead budget includes $3M for orphaned Wyoming wells

GILLETTE, Wyo. —Gov. Matt Mead's proposed budget recommends spending $3 million to implement a plan to clean up old oil and gas wells across the state.

December 02, 2013 1:32 pmLoading…

Wyoming nears baseline tests before oil-gas drilling

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is poised to require the companies that drill for oil and gas in the state to first test nearby water wells and other water sources for pollution.

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Wyoming high court to hear fracking disclosure suit

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments Nov. 20 over whether the public has the right to obtain lists of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing or if those ingredients are corporate trade secrets that may be shielded.

October 17, 2013 5:23 pmLoading…
4 states' attorneys general dispute fracking rules

4 states' attorneys general dispute fracking rules

HELENA — Attorney General Tim Fox said Thursday that Montana is joining Alabama, Alaska and Oklahoma in protesting Bureau of Land Management plans to regulate hydraulic fracturing on federal land.

August 29, 2013 12:23 pmLoading…

Boom boosts Powder River Basin oil production

DOUGLAS, Wyo. — A drilling boom has made the Powder River Basin one of Wyoming's most productive areas for oil.

August 12, 2013 3:10 pmLoading…

Groundwater test proposal gets good reviews

CHEYENNE — Gov. Matt Mead's proposal to require groundwater testing at oil and gas drilling sites has gotten good reviews from environmental advocates, landowners and industry representatives.

May 17, 2013 3:41 pmLoading…
How fracking transforms fortunes, land

How fracking transforms fortunes, land

RIFLE, Colo. — Three hours west of Denver, across the Continental Divide, the Rocky Mountains begin the long transition into high desert plateaus.

April 12, 2013 4:00 pm Photos


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Encana plan for aquifer wastewater well faces EPA scrutiny

CASPER, Wyo. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants a company asking to inject oil and gas well wastewater into an aquifer in central Wyoming to do more to prove it won't pollute the aquifer and show it won't be used for drinking water.

April 10, 2013 10:30 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Tax holiday no longer makes sense in oil patch

When a bunch of oil and gas executives fly in from out of state and line up at a legislative hearing and say they couldn’t possibly do business in Montana if they had to pay production taxes (like they would anywhere else), my flimflam alarm goes off.

March 19, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Worker who died at oil rig ID'd as Montana man

WATFORD CITY, N.D.  — Authorities have identified a Montana man who died after an incident at an oil drilling rig in western North Dakota.

February 05, 2013 11:00 amLoading…

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