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The drilling industry’s explosion problem

October 21, 2014

Deadly fires and explosions occur too often in the oil and gas industry, according to some workplace safety proponents — a particular concern as drilling …

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Judge spikes Wyo. wolf plan, reinstates federal protections

September 25, 2014

For now, it is illegal to kill or harass a wolf anywhere in Wyoming.

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Court stays EPA haze plan for Wyo.

September 10, 2014

The court also granted requests by Basin Electric Power Cooperative and PacifiCorp to extend the deadline for compliance at four of the units for the …

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Wildfires could bankrupt states if they acquired federal tracts — report

August 26, 2014

Western states are ill-equipped to take ownership of federal lands because of the spiraling cost of fighting wildfires on national forests

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Probe of Pavillion gas wells finds a need for more data

August 8, 2014

Initial well-integrity report finds gas wells were properly drilled and maintained, more study needed to determine source of water contamination.

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Ad campaign blames ‘activist lawyers,’ bad science for looming grouse listing

August 7, 2014

Sage grouse proponents blast O&G industry for misinformation campaign.

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WILDFIRE: Battle lines drawn over fixing budget crisis

July 17, 2014

The Forest Service has run out of appropriated suppression money eight times in the past decade, forcing it to siphon money from non-fire accounts.

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Wyo. governor pushing Jewell to quickly delist Yellowstone grizzlies

May 27, 2014

Environmental groups have had differing opinions on whether to delist the grizzlies in the Yellowstone region.

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AFL-CIO sees little progress in addressing ‘workplace fatality crisis’ in oil and gas

May 13, 2014

States with a high energy presence are at the top of the ‘worst’ list for workplace fatalities: North Dakota, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and West Virginia.

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EPA: Climate regs won’t crimp North Dakota’s energy boom

March 4, 2014

EPA’s goal is to write a rule that reduces Earth-warming CO2 emissions without threatening energy reliability. The Obama administration wants its rule to avoid significant …

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BLM advancing multi-state line on route that avoids most sensitive landscapes

February 25, 2014

Federal land managers are considering several alternative routes for the 412-mile Gateway West transmission line, originating in Wyoming.

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EPA requires more scrutiny of Wyo. gasification project

February 4, 2014

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality did not allow for enough public input before giving an underground coal gasification project preliminary approval to pollute an …

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Justices press government in Wyo. man’s challenge to Forest Service rail trail

January 15, 2014

The Supreme Court hears a Wyoming man’s challenge to the Forest Service’s construction of a bicycle trail across his property.

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Inadequate training leads to Hispanic oil worker injury risk

December 10, 2013

Hispanic workers in the U.S. oil and gas industry bear a disproportionate share of workplace injuries, as gaps in health insurance and language issues put …

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FWS considering eagle take permit for massive Wyo. wind farm

December 6, 2013

Environmental impact statement to study wind farm effects on golden eagles, potentially leading to permit allowing harm or kill of eagles.

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House GOP wants answers on Obama aide’s role in Pavillion

September 19, 2013

Documents show that Heather Zichal operated behind the scenes as EPA prepared to release its findings that fracking had contaminated groundwater in Pavillion.

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Interior to return $110M in mineral royalties to states

August 27, 2013

The Interior Department announced it will return $110M in mineral royalties withheld from states under budget sequestration, including $41m for Wyoming.

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Many oil and gas mishaps among drillers, but few fines

July 16, 2013

State records show that state and federal agencies pursue fines against oil and gas producers in only a small minority of spill cases.

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U.S. well sites in 2012 discharged more than Valdez

July 9, 2013

15.6 million gallons of oil and other liquids were reported spilled at production sites last year, more than what leaked from the infamous 1989 spill.

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EPA abandons investigation into Wyo. water contamination

June 21, 2013

U.S. EPA has abandoned its investigation of groundwater contamination near oil and gas operations in Wyoming. The agency will not seek peer review and will …