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No new coal? Objections to Wyoming coal mine to be heard

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A state regulatory board plans to consider whether Wyoming’s first major new coal mine in decades should proceed despite the objections of two landowners. A subsidiary of Lexington, Kentucky-based Ramaco seeks to develop the Brook Mine north of Sheridan. The Wyoming Environmental Quality Council on Wednesday will discuss a possible order allowing Brook Mining Company to ...

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Hydraulic fracturing rule in hands of federal judge in Wyoming

Hydraulic fracturing rule in hands of federal judge in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The future of federal rules aimed at protecting land, water and wildlife from energy-production practices including hydraulic fracturing now rests with a judge in Wyoming. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl last year blocked implementation of rules drafted by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. He acted in response to a legal challenge from the states of ...

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Wyoming pulls permits for abandoned experimental methane wells

Wyoming pulls permits for abandoned experimental methane wells

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming officials have revoked state permits for hundreds of abandoned coal-bed methane wells that were part of an experiment some hoped would reverse a bust in coal-bed methane. The 413 wells in Campbell County now are a long list of wells the state plans to plug and clean up over several years. The Wyoming Department of ...

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Wyoming natural gas production falls for sixth year

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Production from Wyoming’s natural gas fields fell in 2015 for the sixth consecutive year, while natural gas in the U.S. has been on the rise. The Casper Star-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1Z8wGZ3 ) that production slumped 14 percent in 2015. According to the preliminary figures from the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission production levels fell to the smallest ...

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Some Wyoming community colleges brace for bust

CASPER, Wyo. — Some of Wyoming’s seven community colleges are looking for ways to save money in anticipation of lower state aid and local tax revenue. “I think they are all cautiously aware that their local revenue will almost certainly decline, and there is a very good chance that state revenue will as well,” Matt Petri, deputy director and chief ...

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State considers regulations to reduce oil well emissions

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming regulators are looking at ways to reduce oil well emissions and update the state’s oil and gas regulations. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission on Tuesday unveiled a proposal that would require companies to submit as part of their drilling permits plans to capture natural gas that is flared off from ...

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Wyoming banks in better position to weather oil price drop

CASPER, Wyo. — When oil prices collapsed in the 1980s, many Wyoming banks followed suit. Twenty Cowboy State banks closed their doors between 1980 and 1994. Seven failed in 1986 alone, the year crude prices lost half their value. Oil prices are plunging again, but local executives say Wyoming’s banks are better positioned to withstand the current downturn. Few of ...

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Wyoming-Montana delegation hopes to warm those cool on coal

GILLETTE, Wyo. — A delegation of Wyoming and Montana state lawmakers and others are looking to highlight the economic importance of opening ports to export U.S. coal to Asian markets and counter arguments against the ports during a trip to Washington. “We hope to have a broader conversation about why these terminals are important not only to Washington state, but ...

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Oil executives: Little short-term benefit from oil exports

CASPER, Wyo. — Ending a ban on crude oil exports could help boost prices in the long-term but do little in the short-term, oil industry executives who do business in Wyoming said. Oil prices are down by about half compared to last year. The U.S. House recently voted 261-159 to end the ban on U.S. oil exports. The legislation still ...

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With little drilling, Wyoming oil surge not expected to last

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming’s oil industry saw an odd divergence last summer: Oil production soared to a 23-year high while drilling for new oil fell to a 16-year low. Experts say the trend can’t last. They say with little new drilling, it’s just a matter of time before oil production follows suit and declines, too. And they warn Wyoming’s ...

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