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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Wyoming uranium producers, buffeted by low prices, remain optimistic

Wyoming uranium producers, buffeted by low prices, remain optimistic

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming uranium producers, buffeted by the lowest spot prices in almost a decade, expressed optimism this week that the industry will survive a recent market downturn, saying their low-cost operations and the expected revival of the Japanese nuclear market will see them throug…

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Kentucky-based Ramaco plans new coal mine near Sheridan

A Kentucky-based firm is developing plans to open a new coal mine northwest of Sheridan in 2016.

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State air quality regulations lag in areas with new oil development

CASPER, Wyo. — Eighty percent of the some 4,300 oil and gas wells permitted in Wyoming during the past 12 months are in counties with the lowest level of state air quality protection, according to a Star-Tribune review.

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Wyoming lawmakers plan China trip to talk coal

Wyoming lawmakers plan China trip to talk coal

CASPER, Wyo. — A bipartisan group of Wyoming legislators will travel to China next month to talk to policymakers there about clean-coal technology.

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Congestion continue to slow coal sales in the basin

CASPER, Wyo. — Powder River Basin coal companies face a paradox: Demand for their product is on the rise. Now, if they could only get it to their customers.

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Rail congestion expected to plague Powder River Basin coal into late 2014

Rail congestion expected to plague Powder River Basin coal into late 2014

Powder River Basin coal companies face a paradox: Demand for their product is on the rise. Now, if they could only get it to their customers.

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Company to be charged with dumping oil-laced water

^pCASPER, Wyo. — State regulators are prepared to cite a New Mexico company for illegally dumping oil-laced water near state Route 59 outside Douglas.

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Mead seeks to recast debate on climate change

Mead seeks to recast debate on climate change

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead sought to recast the debate on climate change in a speech to the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority on Wednesday, saying the country needs to focus its attention on solutions rather than fighting over whether the planet is warming.

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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.

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Mark Watson named Wyoming's next oil-and-gas supervisor

Mark Watson named Wyoming's next oil-and-gas supervisor

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission named Mark Watson the state's next oil-and-gas supervisor on Tuesday, ending a turbulent period atop the state agency charged with regulating the oil-and-gas industry.

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Oil and gas commission stops approving drilling permits verbally

Oil and gas commission stops approving drilling permits verbally

CASPER, Wyo. — Earlier this week, the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission posted a message on its website: The agency will no longer verbally approve drilling permits.

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Oil and gas commission stops approving drilling permits verbally

CASPER, Wyo. — Earlier this week, the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission posted a message on its website: The agency will no longer orally approve drilling permits.

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Feds spent $77 million to protect sage grouse in Wyoming since 2010

Feds spent $77 million to protect sage grouse in Wyoming since 2010

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming landowners received nearly $77 million in federal funding during the last three years in exchange for conserving more than 1 million acres to protect sage grouse, recently released government figures show.

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Safety advocates call for increased fines, more inspectors as workplace safety deaths hit 5-year high

Safety advocates call for increased fines, more inspectors as workplace safety deaths hit 5-year high

CASPER, Wyo. — The bell at the state Capitol tolled 35 times, once for every worker killed in 2012.

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Wind River Indian Reservation sees first checks arrive in $157 million settlement

Wind River Indian Reservation sees first checks arrive in $157 million settlement

LANDER, Wyo. — The first installment in a $157 million federal settlement began to pour into the Wind River Indian Reservation on Wednesday, as members of the Northern Arapaho Tribe started receiving $6,300 checks in the mail.

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Arch Coal writes DKRW Advanced Fuels’ coal gasification project as a $57.7 million loss

CASPER, Wyo. -- DKRW Advanced Fuels' proposed $2 billion coal gasification plant near Medicine Bow lost $62 million during the last seven years, financial filings show with federal regulators show, prompting the Houston firm’s financial partner to write off its remaining investment in the ve…

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Is Powder River Basin coal poised for a revival?

Is Powder River Basin coal poised for a revival?

CASPER, Wyo. — Stuck in the doldrums for much of the past two years, the coal industry may now have some wind at its back.

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Moser Energy Systems partners with T. Boone Pickens' BP Capital

Moser Energy Systems partners with T. Boone Pickens' BP Capital

CASPER, Wyo. — Moser Energy Systems on Wednesday announced a partnership with BP Capital, the energy hedge fund headed by Texas wildcatter T. Boone Pickens, in a bid to become the nation's largest manufacturer of natural-gas-fired engines used by oil field drilling rigs.

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Wyoming to study setback requirements for oil and gas operations

CASPER, Wyo. — Oil-and-gas operations might be pushed farther from homes, schools and other residential buildings under a rule change being considered by Wyoming regulators.

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Report: Strong oil sector buoys Wyoming economy in 2014

Report: Strong oil sector buoys Wyoming economy in 2014

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming’s economy posted modest gains in the first three months of 2014, buoyed by an oil sector that continued to show signs of strength despite a late winter slowdown in drilling.

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U.S. Forest Service plans meetings on Black Hills rare-earth mine

The rare-earth industry may be one step closer to reality in Wyoming.

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BLM revives controversial fast-tracking of oil and gas permits

BLM revives controversial fast-tracking of oil and gas permits

CASPER, Wyo. — For Kristi Mogen, 2012 felt like the apocalypse.

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Gov. Matt Mead: state needs to 'step up' effort on orphaned wells

CASPER, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead said Tuesday that Wyoming needs to “step up” its efforts to close wells abandoned after the bust of the coalbed methane industry, saying the state had fallen behind in its efforts to plug the wells in recent years.

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Some Wyoming landowners worry about their future amid new oil development

Some Wyoming landowners worry about their future amid new oil development

CASPER, Wyo. — Work never ceases on Dickau Road, a dirt byway 40 minutes north of Douglas where elk and antelope once made up much of the traffic.

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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.

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