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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.

September 15, 2014 8:00 am Photos

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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.

September 14, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…

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.

September 11, 2014 7:30 pmLoading…
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.

September 10, 2014 7:00 am

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.

September 09, 2014 6:00 pmLoading…
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.

August 15, 2014 6:15 am Photos

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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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EPA delays decision on Linc Energy aquifer exemption

CASPER, Wyo. — An Australian company hoping to build an underground coal gasification project in Campbell County will have to wait a little longer.

August 03, 2014 3:42 pmLoading…
Wyoming oil production expands to new formations

Wyoming oil production expands to new formations

CASPER, Wyo. — The Niobrara shale formation is the proverbial rock star of Wyoming oil production.

August 01, 2014 6:11 pmLoading…

Chesapeake announces 440,000 acre land swap

CASPER, Wyo. — Chesapeake Energy has announced a proposed 440,000-acre land swap in the Powder River Basin, a move aimed at boosting its oil production in the region.

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Arch Coal and Cloud Peak report second-quarter losses

CASPER, Wyo. — Coal’s blues continue.

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BLM proposes new fees for oil and gas wells

CASPER, Wyo. — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is requesting authority from Congress to levy new inspection fees on oil and gas wells drilled on federal lands, in a bid to address the large number of uninspected wells in Wyoming and throughout the country.

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Wyoming delays on new air quality rules for Pinedale

Wyoming delays on new air quality rules for Pinedale

CASPER, Wyo. — A state advisory board moved last week to delay recommending a proposed air quality rule for natural gas facilities in the Upper Green River Basin, saying regulators need to consider concerns raised by industry and environmentalists.

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Wyoming oil production steady through July

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming oil’s slow and steady climb continued through the first half of 2014.

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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.

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Powder River Basin coal producers face Korean tax

Powder River Basin coal producers face Korean tax

CASPER, Wyo. — Powder River Basin coal producers face a new tax in South Korea, which has emerged as one of the bigger foreign markets for American coal in recent years.

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Oil by rail shipments up, but Wyoming lacks state plan

Oil by rail shipments up, but Wyoming lacks state plan

CASPER, Wyo. — A series of explosive accidents involving train cars hauling crude oil from North Dakota has prompted a national outcry for more information about the amount of oil traveling the country’s rail lines.

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Cordero Rojo mine marks 1 billionth ton of coal

Cordero Rojo mine marks 1 billionth ton of coal

^pCASPER, Wyo. — Cloud Peak Energy’s Cordero Rojo mine marked the shipment of its 1 billionth ton of coal Wednesday, amid a tightening regulatory environment and uncertainties over the industry’s future.

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Cheyenne 1 of 3 potential locations for $1.8B gas-to-liquids plant

CASPER, Wyo. — Cheyenne is one of three locations, and the only site in Wyoming, under consideration for a plant capable of converting natural gas into diesel fuel, a representative of the company exploring the project said this week.

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Williams Partners and Access Midstream eye $6 billion merger

Williams Partners LP is poised for a $6 billion merger with Access Midstream Partners LP, in a deal with potentially important implications for Wyoming.

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Wyoming could boost bonding for oil and gas wells

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Oil and Gas Supervisor Mark Watson signaled tentative support on Monday for raising bonding requirements on oil-and-gas wells.

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High Plains Gas working to restart coalbed methane production

To hear Bob Mitchell tell it, coalbed methane is on the cusp of a revival. The industry has been in disarray ever since natural gas prices plummeted several years ago and thousands of wells, which sprouted up across the Powder River Basin during the early 2000s, were abandoned.

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DEQ weighs stricter regulation around Pinedale

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming regulators on Friday proposed new pollution standards aimed at curbing ozone levels in the Pinedale area.

June 14, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…

State will have lower emissions bar to meet

Wyoming will need to cut carbon dioxide emissions from its power plants 19 percent by 2030 under pollution standards proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency.

June 08, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…

State faces environmental, traffic hurdles in Longview

CASPER, Wyo. — Now in the throes of election season, Gov. Matt Mead hit the campaign trail this week. But the governor, who faces two challengers in August’s Republican primary, did not shake hands in Cheyenne or pose for pictures in Sheridan.

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Escalera Resources plans $1.8 billion gas-to-liquids plant in Cheyenne

CASPER, Wyo. — A Denver oil and gas company said Wednesday it is working on plans to build a $1.8 billion facility in Cheyenne capable of converting natural gas into diesel fuel.

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Contractor dies at mine in Wyoming's Powder River Basin

Contractor dies at mine in Wyoming's Powder River Basin

CASPER, Wyo. — A contractor died at North Antelope Rochelle Mine in the Powder River Basin in Wyoming this morning, Peabody Energy officials said Wednesday.

June 04, 2014 1:37 pmLoading…
Coal production expected to decline, natural gas rise as result of EPA rule

Coal production expected to decline, natural gas rise as result of EPA rule

CASPER, Wyo. — Western coal production is expected to fall by more than 30 percent in 2020 due to new federal pollution standards proposed for power plants, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency projections.

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Wasatch Wind seeks extension for Glenrock wind farm

The Utah-based wind developer behind a controversial wind farm near Glenrock is requesting an extension of its state permit.

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Expected carbon limits cause concern in Wyoming

CASPER, Wyo. — Anxiety reigns in Wyoming, America's top coal-producing state, ahead of President Barack Obama's expected new carbon dioxide limits for coal-fired power plants.

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Bicyclist treated at Denver hospital following SUV crash

CASPER, Wyo. — Police continue to investigate the crash that left a Casper bicyclist fighting for his life in a Denver hospital on Friday.

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Cameco to close Cheyenne office due to weak market

CASPER, Wyo. — Cameco Corp., the world’s largest uranium company, is closing its Cheyenne office and laying off two employees there due to low uranium prices.

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Expected federally set carbon limits already causing concern in Wyoming

CASPER, Wyo. — Anxiety reigns in Wyoming, America’s top coal-producing state, ahead of President Barack Obama’s expected announcement of new carbon dioxide limits for coal-fired power plants.

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