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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.”
CASPER — Oil companies, investors and thousands of Wyomingites are keeping watch over a group of “bears” near the town of Chugwater.
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.
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.
CASPER — Exploratory drilling for Niobrara oil will likely surpass anything seen before in southeast Wyoming.
CASPER — Natural gas is poised to grab a portion of the electric utility market that for decades has been dominated by Wyoming coal.
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.
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.
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.
CASPER — Wyoming lawmakers have agreed to form a subcommittee to analyze the potential cost for cleaning up groundwater pollution at landfills across the state.
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.
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.
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.
JACKSON — GE Energy has modified its schedule and design of the High Plains Gasification-Advanced Technology Center now under development in Wyoming.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CASPER — Some 300 uranium energy professionals from around the world are expected to attend a forum Wednesday at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.
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.
CASPER — Wyoming researchers are involved in the first scale-
CASPER — Many landowners and private mineral lease owners in southeastern Wyoming have hopes of striking it rich in the Niobrara oil play.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CASPER — A massive, 300-square-mile geophysical survey related to the new rush on Wyoming oil is under way in Converse County.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.