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Sand Creek drainage hearings set to start

CASPER — The Wyoming Environmental Quality Council will hear arguments this week in a contested petition to designate about 17,000 acres in the Sand Creek area in the Black Hills of eastern Wyoming as “very rare or uncommon.”

October 26, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
Drillers aplenty put Niobrara Shale to test

Drillers aplenty put Niobrara Shale to test

CASPER — Oil companies, investors and thousands of Wyomingites are keeping watch over a group of “bears” near the town of Chugwater.

October 23, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
Against the wind?: Tax policy may be hurting Wyoming industry

Against the wind?: Tax policy may be hurting Wyoming industry

CASPER — Construction is complete on two new wind farms in Wyoming: Duke Energy’s 200-megawatt Top of the World wind farm in Converse County, and Rocky Mountain Power’s 111-megawatt Dunlap I wind farm in Carbon County.

October 17, 2010 12:05 am Related Loading…

Wyoming utility meets its wind power targets

CASPER — Wyoming’s largest wind energy developer says it has met its current goals for wind-based generation and has no further plans to build more wind farms in Wyoming.

October 16, 2010 11:45 pmLoading…

Reporter's notebook: New industry safety group considers its next moves

CASPER — Exploratory drilling for Niobrara oil will likely surpass anything seen before in southeast Wyoming.

October 16, 2010 11:00 pmLoading…
EPA’s impending regs may decrease coal market

EPA’s impending regs may decrease coal market

CASPER — Natural gas is poised to grab a portion of the electric utility market that for decades has been dominated by Wyoming coal.

October 11, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Online auction for mineral rights generates interest

CASPER — The idea of a private mineral lease auction targeting the Niobrara oil play has attracted a lot of interest from potential buyers and sellers.

October 10, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

BLM seeks to balance CBM, elk

CASPER — Federal land managers are seeking public comment on a controversial plan to expand development of coalbed methane gas in the environmentally sensitive Fortification Creek area, which is home to a prized elk herd.

October 10, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Company: Uranium won’t go to Russia, Iran

CASPER — Uranium One USA officials say it’s highly unlikely that any uranium derived from its planned in-situ recovery mining operations in Wyoming will go to Russia or Iran.

September 28, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Groundwater under Wyoming landfills investigated

CASPER — Wyoming lawmakers have agreed to form a subcommittee to analyze the potential cost for cleaning up groundwater pollution at landfills across the state.

September 25, 2010 11:05 pmLoading…

Reporter's Notebook: Wyoming’s mine-friendly ranking slips

CASPER — Wyoming slipped from the second-best place in the world to conduct mining business in 2008 to 13th in 2009, according to the Fraser Institute’s annual rankings.

September 25, 2010 11:00 pmLoading…

Colorado company scoops up methane wells

CASPER — A Greenwood Village, Colo., company will pay nearly $1.2 million for the right to operate about 100 coalbed methane wells on state lands in Sheridan County.

September 24, 2010 11:45 pmLoading…

Utility asks state to regulate greenhouse gases

JACKSON — An executive of Wyoming’s largest electrical utility is urging lawmakers to regulate greenhouse gases — or at least tell federal regulators that Wyoming can regulate its own industrial greenhouse gas emissions.

September 22, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

GE retools High Plains coal project

JACKSON — GE Energy has modified its schedule and design of the High Plains Gasification-Advanced Technology Center now under development in Wyoming.

September 21, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

UW, GE: Lack of laws hurts coal development

JACKSON — If the U.S. Senate hadn’t failed to pass energy and climate legislation that came out of the U.S. House of Representatives this year, Wyoming might have seen utilities move forward with “advanced coal” facilities that cut emissions of carbon dioxide.

September 21, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Wyoming mineral industry wants own permit reviewers

CASPER — Wyoming’s mineral industries are lobbying for the right to hire their own contractors to speed up permitting normally performed by the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality.

September 19, 2010 11:45 pmLoading…

Denbury buys into Riley Ridge

CASPER — Denbury Resources Inc. announced it will acquire a sizable stake in the Riley Ridge Federal Unit in western Wyoming. It will pay $115 million to buy out Wold Oil Property’s 42.5 percent interest in Riley Ridge, according to those close to the project.

September 18, 2010 11:30 pmLoading…

BLM delays Adobe gas wells to review wilderness protection

CASPER — Plans for two exploratory natural gas wells have been put on hold while federal regulators review newly acquired information about the potential wilderness value of lands near Adobe Town southwest of Wamsutter.

September 17, 2010 4:49 pmLoading…

Freudenthal says Wyoming law limits anti-pollution role

CASPER — Gov. Dave Freudenthal this week told the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that Wyoming cannot implement that agency’s “Tailoring Rule” in regard to the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions.

September 10, 2010 11:45 pmLoading…

UW nets $5M in stimulus money for coal research

CASPER — U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced Tuesday some $575 million in grants to support carbon capture and sequestration projects as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

September 08, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
Duke Energy disputes taxes

Duke Energy disputes taxes

CASPER — Property taxes are one of the main selling points that wind energy companies have used to convince counties there will be a payoff for accepting up-front impacts to local services.

September 05, 2010 12:00 amLoading…


John Fenton and others examine Pavillion-area resident Louis Meeks’ water on Nov. 8, 2007. Federal officials say residents should not drink the water from 40 wells in and around Pavillion. (Courtesy photo)

September 01, 2010 10:32 pmLoading…

Wyoming puts wells up for bid

CASPER — Some 10 years after urging newcomers in the coalbed methane gas rush to “Go Blue,” the Wyoming Office of State Lands and Investments is trying to find buyers for dozens of abandoned gas wells on state lands — often depicted in the color blue on oil and gas lease maps.

August 31, 2010 11:30 pmLoading…

Basin Electric fined for radiation exposure

CASPER — The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has proposed a $24,700 fine against Basin Electric Power Cooperative for a 2009 incident in which 17 workers were exposed to radiation at the Laramie River Power Station coal-fired power plant.

August 31, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Wyoming rule change means public can see drilling documents

CASPER — Despite vigorous opposition from industry, it appears state regulators and the general public will have broad access to documents detailing chemicals used in oil and gas drilling, hydraulic fracturing and other drilling operations.

August 29, 2010 11:30 pmLoading…

State looks to clarify oil and gas leases

CASPER — State lands officials will conduct a roundtable discussion Wednesday with parties interested in a revision of standard lease forms for state-owned oil and gas.

August 27, 2010 11:15 pmLoading…
Governor updates grouse plan

Governor updates grouse plan

CASPER — Gov. Dave Freudenthal on Wednesday issued an executive order revising Wyoming’s sage grouse Core Population Area policy, first implemented by executive order in 2008 to help avoid a listing of the greater sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act.

August 26, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Pipeline to widen markets for gas

CASPER — Assuming construction of the Ruby natural gas pipeline does not get delayed in the current storm of legal proceedings, completion of the line in March should provide enough additional access to the Western market to ensure that Rockies gas flows westward for decades.

August 25, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Pipeline trust angers Wyoming counties

CASPER — An El Paso Corp. spokesman expressed regret that the company struck a deal setting aside about $22 million in conservation trusts to alleviate environmental opposition to a Wyoming-to-Oregon natural gas pipeline.

August 23, 2010 10:25 pmLoading…
Aiming for cleaner air, efficiency

Aiming for cleaner air, efficiency

PINEDALE — In a tone of gloom-and-doom, H. James Sewell of Shell Upstream Americas commiserated with several colleagues from QEP Resources Inc. and Ultra Petroleum — the three main operators of the Pinedale Anticline natural gas field.

August 22, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Oil board opts not to block injection

CASPER — A state regulatory board has denied a request by ExxonMobil Corp. to block a competitor from reinjecting carbon dioxide into a geologic formation close to a legal boundary separating the two producers.

August 18, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

300-some uranium experts to gather at University of Wyoming

CASPER — Some 300 uranium energy professionals from around the world are expected to attend a forum Wednesday at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.

July 31, 2010 11:15 pmLoading…

Landowners get tips as interest in drilling grows

CASPER — Campbell County rancher Don Spellman said his life changed 10 years ago when the coalbed methane gas industry began drilling hundreds of wells in the area.

July 30, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Grant bolsters work toward carbon capture

CASPER — Wyoming researchers are involved in the first scale-

July 30, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
Mineral owners pursue auction strategy

Mineral owners pursue auction strategy

CASPER — Many landowners and private mineral lease owners in southeastern Wyoming have hopes of striking it rich in the Niobrara oil play.

July 28, 2010 11:19 pmLoading…

Group aims to improve job safety

CASPER — Many years ago when Mindy Hixon started working in the family trucking business in Carbon County, she realized that safety wasn’t a top priority.

July 23, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

SourceGas defends rate boost

CASPER — SourceGas Distribution issued a statement Thursday saying it stands behind its proposed $7.5 million annual rate hike for its 77,250 Wyoming customers.

July 22, 2010 10:29 pmLoading…

State office criticizes SourceGas rate hike

CASPER — SourceGas Distribution has overstated some expense levels and appears to attempt to mislead customers in its proposed $7.5 million annual rate increase proposal, according to the Wyoming Office of Consumer Advocate.

July 22, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Legal questions arise over methane water

CASPER — State regulators say they must answer some legal questions about how a landowner can assume liability for reservoirs that were built to dispose of coalbed methane gas water.

July 20, 2010 10:04 pmLoading…

Alliance tackles workplace fatalities

CASPER — Several oil and gas companies have formed an alliance with Wyoming Occupational Health and Safety, hoping to encourage greater collaboration on safety issues between all companies, large and small.

July 20, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

BP may sell assets in Wyoming

CASPER — BP is negotiating the sale of a portion of its Wyoming assets, but the potential deal was initiated about a month before the company’s recent announcement to sell $10 billion in assets worldwide.

July 20, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Group slates landowner workshop

CASPER — A massive, 300-square-mile geophysical survey related to the new rush on Wyoming oil is under way in Converse County.

July 17, 2010 11:30 pmLoading…

Luca Technologies drops request

CASPER — A company that wants to stimulate coalbed methane gas production by introducing nutrients to native microbes in Powder River Basin coals has withdrawn applications for exemptions under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

July 15, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Niobrara-related lease sale nets $42M

CASPER — A special state mineral lease sale netted more than $42 million for 287 parcels across southeast Wyoming where the oil industry is competing for acreage in the Niobrara oil play.

July 13, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Bidders eagerly vie for Niobrara leases

CHEYENNE — Evidence of the Niobrara oil lease rush was clear Friday morning when some 200 bidders put millions of dollars on the line in a competitive state mineral lease auction.

July 09, 2010 11:45 pmLoading…
Former drilling regulator defends record

Former drilling regulator defends record

CASPER — Former Minerals Management Service director Johnnie Burton says the spewing oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is a disaster that merits a worldwide effort to plug.

July 08, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Oil firms question sequestration

CASPER — Some people in the oil industry are miffed that the Wyoming Legislature allocated $45 million in federal Abandon Mine Lands funds for a carbon sequestration project.

July 01, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Scientist urges more use of CO2

CASPER — For George Peridas, it’s a no-brainer: Take carbon dioxide — a greenhouse gas — and inject it into existing oil fields to boost domestic oil production.

June 30, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Industry, state have close ties

CASPER — The Gulf oil disaster has brought national attention to how the oil and gas industry is regulated, particularly in regard to the federal Minerals Management Service, where many Wyoming leaders have played prominent roles.

June 25, 2010 11:45 pmLoading…

Candidates praise energy industry

CASPER — For many years, Wyoming leaders played prominent roles at the Minerals Management Service, which is now embattled for its alleged failures related to the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.

June 25, 2010 11:15 pmLoading…

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