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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.

December 11, 2014 5:15 pmLoading…

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. 

December 07, 2014 11:20 am Photos

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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.

November 30, 2014 6:40 pmLoading…
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. 

November 30, 2014 5:00 pmLoading…
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…

November 30, 2014 3:00 pmLoading…
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.

November 18, 2014 7:00 pmLoading…

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.

November 12, 2014 5:23 pmLoading…

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.

November 12, 2014 5:05 pmLoading…

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.

November 12, 2014 4:43 pmLoading…
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.

November 11, 2014 5:55 pmLoading…
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.

November 10, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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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.

November 05, 2014 7:00 pmLoading…

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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Officials ID welder killed in oil tank explosion outside Cheyenne

CASPER, Wyo. — Authorities identified Elmer Loman on Monday as the welder killed Thursday after an oil storage tank exploded outside Cheyenne.

November 04, 2014 8:30 amLoading…

Bills to address workplace fatality fines in Wyoming move forward

CASPER, Wyo. — A legislative proposal to increase fines for workplace safety violations resulting in fatalities is moving forward.

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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.

October 30, 2014 7:00 pmLoading…
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.

October 28, 2014 7:30 pmLoading…

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.

October 28, 2014 6:00 pmLoading…
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.

October 27, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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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.

October 21, 2014 8:00 pmLoading…
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.

October 20, 2014 12:37 pmLoading…
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.

October 15, 2014 8:00 pmLoading…

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.

October 13, 2014 10:11 amLoading…

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