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One killed, another injured in oil tank explosion west of Cheyenne

CASPER, Wyo. — A welder was killed and another person injured Thursday after an oil tank exploded west of Cheyenne, according to the Wyoming Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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Cloud Peak announces a $91 million third-quarter profit

Cloud Peak announces a $91 million third-quarter profit

CASPER, Wyo. — Cloud Peak Energy recorded net income of $91 million in the third quarter of 2014, the company announced Wednesday, capping off a successful three-month period that included the Gillette coal miner selling its share in the Decker Mine and increasing its export capacity.

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Arch Coal posts $97 million loss in 3rd quarter amid Wall Street concerns over debt

Arch Coal posts $97 million loss in 3rd quarter amid Wall Street concerns over debt

CASPER, Wyo. — Arch Coal posted a $97 million third-quarter loss on Tuesday, as the St. Louis mining firm sought to allay Wall Street concerns over the company’s debt levels.

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HollyFrontier refinery to pay $153,000 for safety, reporting violations

CASPER, Wyo. — HollyFrontier Corp. has agreed to pay a $153,000 penalty for faulty emergency management planning and reporting at its Cheyenne refinery, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday.

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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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Ed Presley's effort to revive High Plains Gas nears key date

Ed Presley's effort to revive High Plains Gas nears key date

SHERIDAN — In late September, seated in his office amid mountains of maps, financial documents and other paperwork, Ed Presley contemplated the future of an industry many have left for dead.

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Oil production is up, but job growth limited

Oil production is up, but job growth limited

State revenues are up thanks to robust oil development in eastern Wyoming, but oil field jobs have not kept pace with increasing production, according to an economic report released by the state Economic Analysis Division last week.

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Granite Peak Development unveils new $60 million crude-to-rail facility

Granite Peak Development unveils new $60 million crude-to-rail facility

CASPER, Wyo. — Granite Peak Development unveiled a $60 million crude-to-rail facility on Tuesday.

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Contractor killed at North Antelope Rochelle; mine's 2nd death this year

Contractor killed at North Antelope Rochelle; mine's 2nd death this year

CASPER, Wyo. — A contractor was killed Saturday evening at Peabody Energy’s North Antelope Rochelle Mine, a company spokeswoman confirmed Monday morning.

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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.

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High-ranking state official blasts Laramie County oil development

High-ranking state official blasts Laramie County oil development

CASPER, Wyo. — Oil development in Laramie County is "devastating to the quality of life of residents who live within eye and earshot" of nearby drilling rigs, a high-ranking state health official wrote in a recent letter to local officials.

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Sublette County authorities continue search for missing teen

Sublette County authorities continue search for missing teen

CASPER, Wyo. — Sublette County authorities continue to search for a 15-year-old boy who went missing Tuesday night.

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Feds announce sage grouse deal

PINEDALE, Wyo. — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell hailed an agreement with nine Wyoming landowners as a milestone in national sage grouse conservation efforts at a ceremony Wednesday, saying the move could prevent the bird from being listed under the Endangered Species Act.

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Wyoming rig count up 25 percent since June

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming’s drilling fleet has grown 25 percent since June, with the state adding two more rigs last week to bring the total number to 62.

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Company files record-breaking number of drilling applications

CASPER, Wyo. — A Houston oil company filed about 200 drilling applications in Laramie County during the last two weeks, a significant spike signaling rising competition among the companies seeking to unlock the area’s rich reserves.

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Brett Collins was killed in a workplace accident in 2012; now his family wants justice

Brett Collins was killed in a workplace accident in 2012; now his family wants justice

RANCHESTER, Wyo. — The Collins family is gathered around the kitchen table telling stories.

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Wyoming considers regulating uranium industry

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming legislators aired a draft bill Thursday that would transfer oversight of the local uranium industry to state regulators.

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Will they drill Rolling Hills? Residents worry about plans in their Wyoming town

Will they drill Rolling Hills? Residents worry about plans in their Wyoming town

ROLLING HILLS — Orvie Stoneking was 65, retired from the railroad after 38 years, when the letter arrived. It bore the letterhead of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and informed Stoneking the land beneath his home was to be auctioned off in an oil and gas lease.

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Feds fine CBM producer High Plains Gas $3.4 million

CASPER, Wyo. — Federal officials announced nearly $3.4 million in fines for High Plains Gas Inc. on Monday, the latest in a series of financial penalties brought against the beleaguered coalbed methane producer by regulators.

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Wyoming Infrastructure Authority opens 2-day conference in Jackson

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Infrastructure Authority opens a two-day conference in Jackson Tuesday, when a series of speakers will address coal exports, the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed regulations on power plants and sage grouse, among other topics.

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OSHA safety consultations increase, but inspections are down

OSHA safety consultations increase, but inspections are down

CASPER, Wyo. — State regulators have dramatically increased the number of safety consultations offered to companies in the past two years, data released last week by the Wyoming Occupational Safety and Health Administration shows.

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Green Group Holdings opens $22M oilfield waste facility near Bill

CASPER, Wyo. — A Georgia company will begin accepting oil field waste at a $22 million facility near Bill next month.

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Wyoming struggles to keep safety inspectors

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Occupational Safety and Health Administration is struggling to retain inspectors, state officials and safety advocates say, which limits the agency’s ability to conduct checks, costs the state hundreds of thousands of dollars in training and hinders overall efforts…

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Static electricity, lack of fire-retardant clothing to blame in fatal gas field blast

CASPER, Wyo. — The fatal flash fire at a natural gas processing site in western Wyoming appears to have been caused by static electricity, according to a preliminary investigation by the Wyoming Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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1 dead following Wyoming gas explosion

1 dead following Wyoming gas explosion

One of the four people injured after a natural gas storage tank exploded Tuesday in western Wyoming has died, according to the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City.

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Four companies announce $8 billion wind farm outside Chugwater

CASPER, Wyo. — Four companies unveiled a $8 billion proposal on Tuesday to generate electricity at a wind farm in Wyoming, store its power at a salt deposit in Utah and ship it to California during hours of peak demand.

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Senate passes Barrasso bill to streamline BLM oil and gas permits

CASPER, Wyo. — The U.S. Senate has passed a bill aimed at streamlining approval of oil and gas drilling permits on federal land.

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Anschutz marks return to Wyoming with purchase of Barrett acreage

CASPER, Wyo. — The Anschutz Corp. is coming back to Wyoming to look for oil.

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Fracking absolved of blame elsewhere, but in Pavillion it's not so simple

Fracking absolved of blame elsewhere, but in Pavillion it's not so simple

CASPER, Wyo. — A pair of national studies concluding fracking did not contaminate drinking water supplies in Pennsylvania and Texas have little bearing on an ongoing investigation into the dirty water found near Pavillion, according to industry experts.

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BLM: Coal leasing program continues while reforms are considered

BLM: Coal leasing program continues while reforms are considered

CASPER, Wyo. — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, said this week he intends to draft legislation halting coal leasing on federal lands after the U.S. Bureau of Land Management rejected his call for a leasing moratorium.

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Oil production in the Powder River Basin more than doubles in five years

CASPER, Wyo. — Oil production in the Powder River Basin more than doubled during the past five years, the U.S. Energy Information Agency reported Monday, confirming a trend many observers had long suspected.

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With Shell and Encana gone, what does the future hold for the Jonah Field?

With Shell and Encana gone, what does the future hold for the Jonah Field?

Before the Bakken. Before America's oil and gas revolution. Before fracking was a buzzword. Before all that, there was the Jonah.

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State of Pollution? 8 Wyoming counties could violate new EPA ozone rule

CASPER, Wyo. — Ozone pollution has long bedeviled the Pinedale area. Now, communities like Cheyenne, Gillette and Jackson may be forced to grapple with smoggy skies.

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EPA OKs exemption for Linc's coal gasification project

CASPER, Wyo. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved an aquifer exemption for a coal gasification pilot project in Campbell County this week, drawing criticism from landowners worried the facility could contaminate a potential source of drinking water.

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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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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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Study: Workplace deaths in Wyoming decline

CASPER, Wyo. — Workplace fatalities across Wyoming fell by 32 percent last year, according to a state report released Tuesday. The state reported 21 on-the-job deaths in 2013, down from 31 the year prior.

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Commission proposes increase in drilling setbacks

Commission proposes increase in drilling setbacks

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will unveil a proposal next week to increase the minimum distance between drilling rigs and dwellings.

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Rain, rail congestion cut into coal output

CASPER, Wyo. — Cloud Peak Energy lowered its production estimates for this year on Tuesday, citing August rains and congested rail service.

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Wyoming says EPA carbon rules missing information, violate law

CASPER, Wyo. — The Environmental Protection Agency didn’t comply with federal rule-making procedure when it omitted technical information in its proposal to limit carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants, Wyoming Attorney General Peter Michael and 12 of his counterparts from oth…

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Gas prices low, but not in Wyoming

CASPER, Wyo. — Motorists heading to the pump before one final summer jaunt are in for a treat — unless they live in Wyoming.

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Company says tax break preferable, not necessary for wind farm

CASPER, Wyo. — The largest proposed onshore wind project in the United States does not need a recently expired federal tax credit to be commercially viable, the head of the company planning to build 1,000 turbines in Carbon County said last week.

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Effort to plug orphaned CBM wells ahead of schedule

Effort to plug orphaned CBM wells ahead of schedule

CASPER, Wyo. — State efforts to plug wells abandoned after the collapse of the coal-bed methane industry are ahead of schedule, even as the list of wells in need of closure grows, the consultant leading Wyoming’s plugging program said this week.

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Snowfields, stream crossings and grizzly bears: 5 days in the Bridger Wilderness

Snowfields, stream crossings and grizzly bears: 5 days in the Bridger Wilderness

CASPER, Wyo. — In mid-July, when most people are at the beach or drinking beer around a barbecue, my girlfriend and I were trudging through snow. Lots of snow.

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Swan Ranch rail hut ships first large batch of oil as Laramie County production grows

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming’s oil industry is on the move.

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Cloud Peak Energy signs deal to boost Asian exports

CASPER, Wyo. — Cloud Peak Energy announced a $37 million deal aimed at boosting its Asian exports by freeing space to ship its coal at an existing Canadian port.

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A capital boom? After years of talk, Cheyenne may be poised for a surge in oil production

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- On a recent afternoon, Alex Bowler sat in a coffee shop here and held up a copy of the local newspaper. On display were two full pages of legal announcements notifying the public of companies' plans to drill oil wells in the area.

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Siting Council OKs permit for Carbon County wind farm

CASPER, Wyo. — The largest proposed onshore wind farm in the United States cleared a key regulatory hurdle after state regulators voted unanimously to approve the nearly $5 billion project.

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Draft Wyoming report finds no Pavillion well leaks

Natural gas wells in the Pavillion Gas Field were properly drilled and maintained, but more study is needed to prove if energy operations contaminated drinking water in the region, according to a draft report released by Wyoming regulators Wednesday.

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State delays new air quality rules for Pinedale

CASPER, Wyo. — New pollution rules for the Pinedale area will have to wait a little longer.

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