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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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BLM seeks public input on Little Mountain drilling proposal

January 7, 2014

BLM seeks public input on Little Mountain drilling proposal 
— January 7, 2014
(BLM press release) — The Bureau of Land Management has announced it will work to …

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Citizens ask the state to curb flaring

June 18, 2013

Citizens say Wyoming needs to update its rules guiding natural gas flares to avoid exposure to toxins and loss of revenue.

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BLM Pinedale hosts public meeting on Greater sage-grouse management

June 13, 2013

BLM Pinedale hosts public meeting on Greater sage-grouse management
— June 13, 2013
(Press release) The Bureau of Land Management Pinedale Field Office, in coordination with the …

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Future of full-scale energy development in Wyoming may rely on ‘ecological currency’

April 3, 2013

Smart folks from both the industrial and conservation sides of the equation find themselves agreeing that there’s no more ground to give on degradation of …

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Gas flaring riles homeowners in Converse County

December 11, 2012

While many welcome the economic boon of energy development, some nearby residents are concerned about health and safety.

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Ocean Industries’ Luthi discusses House action to overturn drilling plan

July 25, 2012

Ocean Industries’ Luthi discusses House action to overturn drilling plan
— A video transcript by Environment & Energy TV. Reprinted with permission from Environment & Energy Publishing, LLC. …

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Oil and gas lobby overstates job potential

May 16, 2012

Most of these good jobs that WEA promises are hard to fill and even more difficult to keep filled. When it comes to these drilling …

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Industry’s fracking problem

May 4, 2012

All the fuss about fracking centers on two things; the proliferation of oil and gas drilling in and around our drinking water aquifers, and the …

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Widow of a fallen Wyoming worker speaks

May 1, 2012

Widow of a fallen Wyoming worker speaks
There’d been a fire at the rig that had gone unreported. The drilling company allegedly failed to conduct all …

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Drilling to Energy Independence: Can the West save us from foreign oil imports?

December 6, 2011

— This story was written in collaboration with the Rural West Initiative at the Bill Lane Center for the American West.
True to the frontier attitude …

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EPA Finds Compound Used in Fracking in Wyoming Aquifer

November 15, 2011

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica. Not for republication by Wyoming media.
As the country awaits results from a nationwide safety study on the natural gas drilling …

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Wyoming’s federal drilling stats

June 29, 2011

Wyoming’s federal drilling stats
When reporting on my latest story, Are Feds Slowing Oil and Gas Permitting?, I’d asked Wyoming Bureau of Land Management officials for …

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Critics Find Gaps in State Laws to Disclose Hydrofracking Chemicals

Commentary by ProPublica June 28, 2011 June 28, 2011

Wyoming’s rules are the strongest in place, although it’s unclear how thoroughly they are being enforced. The rules require public disclosure of all the chemicals …

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Oil & gas industry – #4

March 29, 2011

The oil and gas industry has nearly 7,200 permits to drill on public lands that it has yet to use. The unused, but still valid, …

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State Oil and Gas Regulators Are Spread Too Thin to Do Their Jobs

Commentary by ProPublica January 7, 2010 January 7, 2010

by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica – December 30, 2009 12:38 pm EST

Larry Parrish knew something was wrong as soon as he wheeled his state-owned pickup …

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Underused Drilling Practices Could Avoid Pollution

Commentary by ProPublica December 14, 2009 December 14, 2009

As environmental concerns threaten to derail natural gas drilling projects across the country, the energy industry has developed innovative ways to make it easier to …