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Wyoming recruits unemployed energy workers for prison jobs

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The state of Wyoming is encouraging workers who recently have lost their jobs in the state’s energy industry to consider applying for vacant state positions including prison jobs with the state Department of Corrections. Gov. Matt Mead says more than 2,400 state residents have lost jobs in the state’s energy industries since January. The state has ...

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Hickenlooper: If Colorado doesn’t regulate its air, EPA might

The Milky Way seen from the crisp and clean air of Colorado state. (Image: Max and Dee Bernt via Flickr)

DENVER (AP) — Gov. John Hickenlooper warned Thursday that withholding funds for state air quality regulators could prompt the federal government to step in with a heavier hand. The Democratic governor’s comments came amid a dispute with Republican lawmakers over whether Colorado should continue developing rules to comply with the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. In February, the U.S. Supreme Court ...

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Governor, industry urge cautious hand in regulating oil and gas

An oil and gas drilling rig operating in the Wattenburg Field north of Denver, Colorado. (Image: Plazak via Wikipedia)

DENVER (AP) — Collaboration and negotiation allowed Colorado to draw up oil and gas regulations that protect the public and the environment while encouraging a lucrative state industry, the governor and the president of an industry group say. Gov. John Hickenlooper and American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard talked Thursday about regulation, the future of the industry and the possibility ...

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Governor, industry urge cautious hand in regulating oil, gas

DENVER (AP) — Collaboration and negotiation allowed Colorado to draw up oil and gas regulations that protect the public and the environment while encouraging a lucrative state industry, the governor and the president of an industry group say. Gov. John Hickenlooper and American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard talked Thursday about regulation, the future of the industry and the possibility ...

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Clean power debate flares up in Colorado

Clean power debate flares up in Colorado

DENVER (AP) — A national debate over global warming has turned into a major sticking point at the Colorado Legislature, where Democrats and Republicans this week started tussling over paying for efforts to curb carbon emissions. Republicans say it’s a waste of money to try to comply with the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, which regulates carbon dioxide emissions from ...

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Peabody lays off 235 from northeast Wyoming coal mine

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — About 235 employees at the North Antelope Rochelle mine in northeast Wyoming are being laid off. The Gillette News Record reports that Peabody Energy announced the layoffs Thursday morning, citing financial difficulties from low coal prices and falling demand. The layoffs represent about 17 percent of the nearly 1,400 workers at North Antelope Rochelle. The mine in ...

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Federal oil, gas leases stall over bird concerns in US West

FILE - In this April 22, 2015, file photo, a male sage grouse struts in the early morning hours on a leak outside Baggs, Wyo. Concerns over a bird ranging across the American West continue to delay federal oil and gas lease sales five months after officials said they'd found a way to balance drilling and conservation. The Interior Department said it will defer the sale of almost 60,000 acres of leases in Montana as it works on policies to protect the habitat of greater sage grouse. That work is expected to take several more months. (Dan Cepeda/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP, File)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Concerns over a bird that ranges across the American West continue to delay federal oil and gas lease sales, five months after Interior Secretary Sally Jewell proclaimed the Obama administration had found a way to balance drilling and conservation. The Interior Department said it will defer the sale of almost 60,000 acres of leases that were ...

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Wyoming losing people because of energy downturn

An oil pump on the side of the road in Wyoming. (Image: Mr Hicks46 via Flickr)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — More people are leaving Wyoming than are coming to the state in the wake of thousands of jobs being lost in the fossil fuels extraction industry, and it’s a trend that an economist doesn’t see reversing until oil and gas prices rebound. “We have to wait for oil and gas supply and demand to rebalance,” Wenlin ...

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Study: Farms, hydropower at risk in West’s changing climate

Study: Farms, hydropower at risk in West's changing climate

DENVER (AP) — Climate change could upset the complex interplay of rain, snow and temperature in the West, hurting food production, the environment and electrical generation at dams, the federal government warned Tuesday. Some areas could get more rain and less snow, reducing the snowmelt flowing into reservoirs in the summer when farmers need it to irrigate, the U.S. Bureau ...

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Colorado’s economy seeing slower growth, reports say

Sunrise over Denver, Colorado. (Image: Jeff Turner via Flickr)

DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s depressed energy sector has led to a dip in estimated tax collections, meaning lawmakers will have to continue wrangling over tax refunds and paying for roads and schools this legislative session, according to revenue forecasts released Friday by legislative and administration analysts. Colorado will balance its books next fiscal year, as it must under the state ...

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