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Group: State should increase drilling setbacks

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A landowners’ group is calling on Wyoming oil and gas regulators to strengthen proposed rules to increase the minimum distance between drilling rigs and dwellings.

September 16, 2014 8:00 pmLoading…

State board declines to hear Two Elk challenge

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Environmental Quality Council voted 5-1 Thursday to dismiss a petition challenging the validity of a state air quality permit issued to the planned Two Elk power plant, which has yet to begin construction 18 years after it was first proposed.

July 11, 2014 8:00 amLoading…

Wyoming oil, gas commission rejects petition on industry rules as unnecessary

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission voted Tuesday to reject a citizens' petition calling for the state to update its rules governing the oil and gas industry.

May 14, 2014 9:12 amLoading…

Environmentalists sue EPA over regional haze plan

CASPER, Wyo. — Last week, Wyoming sued the Environmental Protection Agency over its regional haze plan, claiming the regulations went too far. This week, environmentalists sued the EPA claiming the regulations didn't go far enough.

April 01, 2014 8:28 pmLoading…

Bill that boosts split-estate bonding to $10,000 passes committee

The Senate Minerals, Business and Economic Development Committee approved a bill Monday that would increase the bond for land on top of which oil and gas is drilled from $2,000 per well site to $10,000.

February 18, 2014 8:00 amLoading…

Audit: Unclear if extra funding sped federal drilling permits in Wyoming

A recent federal government audit cannot verify whether additional funds that Congress gave to seven U.S. Bureau of Land Management offices, including Buffalo and Rawlins in Wyoming, helped speed the processing of applications to drill for oil, natural gas or coalbed methane, which is what t…

December 02, 2013 8:00 amLoading…

Environmentalists, industry propose changes to Wyoming water-testing rule

Environmentalists, landowners and the oil and natural gas industry all had changes to propose for Wyoming’s draft rule for testing nearby groundwater before drilling oil-and-gas wells.

October 16, 2013 8:30 amLoading…

Land values skyrocket in parts of Wyoming

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming ranchland values increased by 4.7 percent in 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The average price was $450 per acre — up from $428.85 in 2011.

June 24, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Groups seek tighter flaring rules from Wyo regulators

CASPER, Wyo. -- A coalition of Wyoming residents and landowner groups has formally asked the state's oil and gas regulatory agency to tighten its rules for flaring natural gas.

May 20, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…

BLM draft fracking rules get close look in Wyoming

CASPER, Wyo. — The Obama administration said Thursday that it will require companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to publicly disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations. Many in Wyoming were still digesting the new federal rules at press time.

May 16, 2013 4:31 pmLoading…

Environmental groups: Halt new Powder River Basin coal mining

New U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell received a Wyoming-centric letter on Monday, her first day overseeing federal lands.

April 15, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…
Year after Wyoming blowout, no fines for Chesapeake

Year after Wyoming blowout, no fines for Chesapeake

CHEYENNE — A company that owns a Wyoming oil well that blew out and forced 50 people to flee their homes has not been fined in the year since the accident because the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission determined none of its rules were violated.

April 11, 2013 2:09 pmLoading…

Encana's wastewater plan hits snag with environmental agency

Wyoming's environmental regulatory agency is objecting to an oil and natural gas company's plan to inject wastewater into a Wyoming aquifer.

February 21, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bill calls for mandatory groundwater testing before fracking

CASPER, Wyo. — A Wyoming Senate bill sponsored by a Laramie County Democrat aims to curb future debates over sources of groundwater contamination, but a leader of the state's top petroleum trade group says the measure isn't necessary.

January 22, 2013 3:00 pm Related Loading…

Wyoming U.S. Rep. Lummis: House budget bill a 'raid on Wyoming'

The U.S. House on Thursday passed a six-month budget extension that could cost Wyoming up to $700 million over the next decade.

September 16, 2012 11:30 pmLoading…

Johnson County Commission rejects Lake De Smet lease

BUFFALO, Wyo. — The Johnson County Commission on Wednesday rejected an offer from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department that would have guaranteed water in Lake De Smet for recreation, boating and fishing.

August 22, 2012 11:30 pmLoading…

Conservation groups sue over Fortification Creek gas wells

CASPER, Wyo. -- Three conservation groups filed suit against the Interior Department in federal court Tuesday over a plan to open an ecologically fragile piece of northeast Wyoming to the development of hundreds of coalbed methane wells.

June 19, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…
Sage grouse on the brink

Sage grouse on the brink

CASPER, Wyo. -- Sage grouse in northeastern Wyoming are on the verge of extinction, hammered hard by a one-two punch from energy development and outbreaks of West Nile virus, according to a recently released U.S. Bureau of Land Management study.

April 03, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…

Environmentalists sue over fracking fluid

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Environmentalists are suing the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, saying the regulatory agency hasn't done enough to justify honoring requests by companies to keep the public from reviewing ingredients in hydraulic fracturing fluids.

March 26, 2012 4:16 pmLoading…

Groups plan fracking suit

CASPER, Wyo. — Two environmental groups and a watchdog group will file a petition in a Wyoming court Monday, hoping a judge will force state regulators to release secret lists of chemicals used by some companies in the hydraulic fracturing process.

March 22, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…

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