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Peabody Energy reports $778M loss in 2014; Powder River coal remains strong

Peabody Energy reports $778M loss in 2014; Powder River coal remains strong

CASPER, Wyo. — A record year at the North Antelope Rochelle coal mine was not enough to propel Peabody Energy into the black in 2014, as the world’s largest private coal company reported a $787 million loss for the year.

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Wyoming, Halliburton agree to greater fracking disclosure

Wyoming, Halliburton agree to greater fracking disclosure

CASPER, Wyo. — A legal settlement reached by environmental groups, Wyoming regulators and the oil services giant Halliburton will make it harder for companies to withhold information from the public about the chemicals used in fracking.

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Director of WIA plans retirement

CASPER, Wyo. — Loyd Drain, the executive director of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority, announced that he will step down from his post in July.

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Obama methane plan draws little reaction in Wyoming

CASPER, Wyo. — In recent years, as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rolled out plans to regulate carbon dioxide, ozone and water, reactions in Wyoming fell into a predictable pattern.

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Wyoming coal reverses trend, increases production in 2014

Wyoming coal reverses trend, increases production in 2014

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming coal production increased by 2 percent in 2014, according to federal statistics, reversing four years of declining output in the country’s top coal-producing state.

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Wyoming braces for layoffs as Baker Hughes announces plans to cut 7,000 jobs

Wyoming braces for layoffs as Baker Hughes announces plans to cut 7,000 jobs

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming braced for another round of oil patch layoffs Tuesday, as the oil services giant Baker Hughes announced plans to cut 7,000 jobs companywide.

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Is the bust here? Oil price slump hits Wyoming, and it might not get better soon

Is the bust here? Oil price slump hits Wyoming, and it might not get better soon

CASPER, Wyo. — This was the week low oil prices hit home. The world’s largest oil field service company slashed 9,000 jobs, Wyoming’s January rig count fell below 2011 levels and state budget analysts predicted prices would remain under $65 for the next five years.

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Wyoming politicians, though concerned, say state can weather drop in oil prices

Wyoming politicians, though concerned, say state can weather drop in oil prices

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming politicians expressed confidence this week in the state’s finances, saying robust saving in recent years will help buffer public coffers against a more than 50 percent drop in the price of oil and a projected budget shortfall.

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Uranerz to merge with fellow uranium miner Energy Fuels Inc.

CASPER, Wyo. — Uranerz Energy Corp., a Casper-based uranium mining company, is merging with Denver's Energy Fuels Inc.

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Northwest tribe calls for halt to coal project review

Northwest tribe calls for halt to coal project review

CASPER, Wyo. — A recent request by the Lummi Nation to halt a federal permit review of the Gateway Pacific Terminal in Bellingham, Wash., sets an important legal marker in the debate over coal exports, according to legal observers and analysts.

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Wyoming rig count declines as prices continue to fall

Wyoming rig count declines as prices continue to fall

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming’s oil and gas industry began 2015 by shedding a drilling rig for the third consecutive week, Baker Hughes reported on Monday. The state’s rig count was 56 for the week ending Jan. 2.

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Federal regulations — with big impacts in Wyoming — up in 2015

CASPER, Wyo. — The Keystone XL pipeline garners most of the energy and environmental attention in Washington. But the pipeline’s fate is secondary in its implications for Wyoming in 2015.

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Gov. Mead pushes oil and gas reform agenda

Gov. Mead pushes oil and gas reform agenda

CASPER, Wyo. — In a recent interview with the Star-Tribune, Gov. Matt Mead said his hope is to leave office with a legacy of responsible energy development, one that balances environmental stewardship with mineral extraction.

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Strong start, rough finish for Wyoming oil in 2014

CASPER, Wyo. — 2014 featured spectacular highs and lows in the price of oil but also witnessed some fundamental changes in the makeup of Wyoming's oil industry.

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Despite strong Powder River Basin totals, 2014 ends as lump for Wyoming coal

CASPER, Wyo. — 2014 was a year to forget for coal.

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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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Company announces new Powder River Basin pipeline

CASPER, Wyo. — Work on a new 108-mile natural gas pipeline in the Powder River Basin will begin in January, Meritage Midstream Services announced on Thursday.

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Wyoming lawmakers back bill to promote coal exports

Wyoming lawmakers back bill to promote coal exports

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming could help finance the construction of a coal export dock in the Pacific Northwest, according to the executive director of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority.

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Congress' defense spending bill includes a provision to streamline oil and gas permits

CASPER, Wyo. — Congress approved a little-noticed provision aimed at streamlining oil and gas permits on federal land as part of a $585 billion defense spending bill on Friday.

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Lawmakers debate proposal to fine companies $50K for workplace deaths

Lawmakers debate proposal to fine companies $50K for workplace deaths

CASPER, Wyo. — State lawmakers will take up a proposal this week to fine companies $50,000 for a workplace safety violation resulting in a fatality.

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Beyond Sublette: Once a Pinedale problem, ozone becomes a challenge for Wyoming

Beyond Sublette: Once a Pinedale problem, ozone becomes a challenge for Wyoming

PINEDALE — Recent debate over measures to curtail ozone pollution in Wyoming has largely been limited to the western slope of the Wind River Mountains, where a boom in natural gas production in the past decade pushed air pollution above federal health standards.

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Crude tumble raises prospects of layoffs in oil fields

Crude tumble raises prospects of layoffs in oil fields

CASPER, Wyo. — American crude fell below $60 a barrel Thursday for the first time since 2009, raising the prospects of layoffs in Wyoming’s oil patch as companies rush to cut costs.

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Panel OKs plan to cut ozone pollution near Pinedale

PINEDALE, Wyo. — In a precedent-setting move, a state advisory panel on Wednesday unanimously recommended a new rule aimed at curtailing ozone pollution in western Wyoming.

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Rolling Hills residents, upset over oil field traffic, take matters into their own hands

Rolling Hills residents, upset over oil field traffic, take matters into their own hands

CASPER, Wyo. — A dispute over traffic signs in Rolling Hills has exposed simmering frustrations with oil development in this rural Converse County community, where an Oklahoma oil company has leased several hundred acres for potential drilling on the outskirts of town.

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Ambre Energy sells North American assets in bid to save coal ports

CASPER, Wyo. — An Australian company behind two proposed coal ports in the Pacific Northwest recently sold its North American assets to a Denver private-equity firm in an apparent bid to stave off a cash crisis, regulatory filings show.

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State health official: More progress on workplace safety needed

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming needs to consider enacting a new seat belt law and hiring more safety inspectors if the state is to seriously reduce the high rate of workplace fatalities, outgoing State Epidemiologist C. Mack Sewell said in an interview this week.

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Wyoming PBS wins Emmys for documentary on Lincoln Highway

Wyoming PBS wins Emmys for documentary on Lincoln Highway

CASPER, Wyo. — A driver traveling Interstate 80 between Cheyenne and Laramie encounters a curious sight. There, at the point where the road achieves Sherman Summit, which at 8,878 feet marks the highest point along the transcontinental highway, appears a 13-foot tall bronze bust of Abraham Lincoln. 

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Report calls for more study of Pavillion disposal pits

Report calls for more study of Pavillion disposal pits

CASPER, Wyo. — Regulators need to study 20 natural gas disposal pits to determine if a link exists between Pavillion's gas field and the area's contaminated drinking water, according to a draft report by the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

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Could Wyoming's oil boom be over before it started?

Could Wyoming's oil boom be over before it started?

CASPER, Wyo. — Plunging oil prices are prompting companies to shelve expansion plans in the Cowboy State, raising doubts over the future of Wyoming’s fledgling oil boom.

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Wyoming uranium miners ride rapid rise and fall in price

Wyoming uranium miners ride rapid rise and fall in price

CASPER, Wyo. — A brief surge in uranium prices earlier this month offered a glimmer of hope to Wyoming’s long-suffering yellowcake miners, but a subsequent plunge illustrated the lingering uncertainty facing the sector.

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Wyoming DEQ plans Pinedale open house on plant to curb ozone pollution

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality will look to clear the air Dec. 9, when the state regulatory agency will hold a public meeting in Pinedale to discuss a proposal to limit ozone pollution.

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Danger ahead: Oil field traffic makes for perilous driving on Wyoming highway

Danger ahead: Oil field traffic makes for perilous driving on Wyoming highway

CASPER, Wyo. — Several months ago, three students went to board a school bus on state Highway 59 south of Bill. It was early morning, dark and windy. The children were wearing hoods to protect themselves from the weather. They did not see the truck steaming in their direction.

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Critics blast plan for drilling near Adobe Town

Critics blast plan for drilling near Adobe Town

Environmentalists are assailing a plan by an Oklahoma-based company to drill up to 17 natural gas wells near the colorful badlands of Adobe Town, in Wyoming's southwestern desert. 

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Commission: Wyoming will need to close 4 coal plants to meet EPA plan

Commission: Wyoming will need to close 4 coal plants to meet EPA plan

Wyoming utilities will need to prematurely shutter four coal-fired power plants to meet the requirements of the Obama administration's proposal to curb carbon dioxide emissions, the chairman of the Wyoming Public Service Commission argued in recent comments submitted to the U.S. Environmenta…

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Powder River Basin oil production 101

Powder River Basin oil production 101

CASPER, Wyo. — Oil production in the Powder River Basin is not a new phenomenon. The first well in the basin was drilled in 1889, north of the Salt Creek Field. 

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EOG Resources submits plans to drill up to 1,500 oil wells

CASPER, Wyo. — EOG Resources, a Houston oil company, has submitted plans to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to drill up to 1,500 oil wells along the Campbell-Converse county line.

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The trouble with flaring: oil companies work to install pipelines as landowner concerns mount

CASPER, Wyo. — Robin Aquilia began feeling a dull pressure between her eyes this summer, about the time flickering flares from oil rigs, new wells and a nearby gas plant appeared on the horizon near her home northeast of Cheyenne.

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Wyoming proposes new minimum distance between homes and oil wells

CASPER, Wyo. — Oil and gas companies could drill wells 500 feet from the nearest home under a proposal announced Tuesday by the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

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Wyoming pulls High Plains Gas' bonds, adds 2,300 wells to plugging list

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming regulators seized some 2,300 idle coalbed methane wells from High Plains Gas Inc. on Tuesday, in a move that almost doubles the number of abandoned wells the state will need to close.

November 18, 2014 7:00 pm
Wyoming pulls High Plains Gas' bonds, adds 3,000 wells to plugging list

Wyoming pulls High Plains Gas' bonds, adds 3,000 wells to plugging list

Wyoming regulators seized High Plains Gas Inc.'s some 3,000 idle coalbed methane wells in the Powder River Basin on Tuesday, in a move that more than doubles the number of abandoned wells the state will need to close.

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High Plains Gas headed for showdown with state

CASPER, Wyo. — High Plains Gas Inc. is headed for a high-stakes meeting with Wyoming regulators today after failing Monday to post a $6.8 million bond to cover the company’s 3,000 idle coalbed methane wells in the Powder River Basin.

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Lander, a mining town turned outdoor recreation hotbed, contemplates the revival of an old iron mine

Lander, a mining town turned outdoor recreation hotbed, contemplates the revival of an old iron mine

LANDER — Cale Case, the longtime state senator here, remembers the days after U.S. Steel announced it was closing the iron mine in nearby Atlantic City. An unbroken stream of ‘for sale’ signs lined Cascade Street, in the neighborhood where he still lives.

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Doubts over High Plains Gas grow as company fails to post $6.8 million bond

CASPER, Wyo. — Doubts over High Plains Gas Inc.’s ability to pay a $6.8 million bond grew Thursday after the Sheridan company failed to submit the money a day after it was due.

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Wyoming coal: tougher sell with U.S.-China climate deal

Wyoming coal: tougher sell with U.S.-China climate deal

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming coal exports will likely suffer as a result of an agreement by the United States and China to cut carbon dioxide emissions, analysts said Wednesday.

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High Plains Gas does not post $6.8M bond; state extends deadline

CASPER, Wyo. — High Plains Gas Inc. did not post a $6.8 million bond with Wyoming regulators on Wednesday, but state officials said a filing appeared imminent and signaled they would give the company several more days to submit the money.

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Wyoming, JR Simplot Co. study reopening iron mine

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming officials and JR Simplot Co. are examining the feasibility of reviving the dormant iron ore mine near Atlantic City.

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High Plains Gas says it will pay state $6.8M bond, keep its CBM wells

High Plains Gas says it will pay state $6.8M bond, keep its CBM wells

CASPER, Wyo. — High Plains Gas Inc. will post a nearly $6.8 million bond sought by Wyoming regulators Wednesday, according to the company’s top executive, in a move that would prevent about 3,000 nonproducing coal-bed methane wells from being claimed and plugged by the state.

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Wyoming makes the pitch for exports in tours to Powder River Basin mine

Wyoming makes the pitch for exports in tours to Powder River Basin mine

GILLETTE — In between the appetizers at Old Chicago, dinner at the Prime Rib Restaurant and Wine Cellar and tourism videos showing deer, elk and antelope grazing on the grasslands of the Powder River Basin, there was coal. Some 100 million tons of it.

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EOG Resources, Chesapeake Energy report increase in production

EOG Resources, Chesapeake Energy report increase in production

CASPER, Wyo. — EOG Resources and Chesapeake Energy reported surging Wyoming oil production in the third quarter of 2014 on Wednesday, even as concerns about falling prices continued to grow.

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Wyoming DEQ releases revised rule to curb Pinedale ozone levels

CASPER, Wyo. — A revised proposal to reduce emissions from existing gas field infrastructure in western Wyoming incorporates suggestions offered by industry and environmentalists, while stopping short of giving both sides everything they sought.

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