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Environment Thumbnail image for Wyo vs EPA: State resists EPA plan targeting coal to cut haze

Wyo vs EPA: State resists EPA plan targeting coal to cut haze

July 30, 2013

Coal-friendly Wyoming sees EPA regional haze plan as another Obama attack on its coal economy.

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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.

Energy Thumbnail image for UW air quality research goes global

UW air quality research goes global

July 9, 2013

UW’s research may help build regulatory frameworks for oil and gas worldwide, yet Wyoming recently discontinued funding the research despite ozone problems.

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Wyoming’s energy policy should consider climate change

Commentary by Guest Column June 25, 2013 June 25, 2013

The U.S. is one of the world’s leading emitters of greenhouse gases and Wyoming’s energy policy should aim to reduce emissions.

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WyoFile’s public records appeal in Two Elk case is denied

June 18, 2013

WyoFile requested information related to the suspension of a suspended $9.9M DOE grant to Two Elk developer North American Power Group.

Economy Thumbnail image for Fiscal Doomsday: How risky is Wyoming’s energy-based budget?

Fiscal Doomsday: How risky is Wyoming’s energy-based budget?

June 4, 2013

Wyoming’s budget depends on mineral revenue and federal funds, both of which are subject to fluctuations. What factors could prompt a worst-case scenario?

Environment Thumbnail image for Hunting a new kind of fugitive in the West

Hunting a new kind of fugitive in the West

May 7, 2013

The Rural West Initiative presents a video feature on the build-up of “fugitive” ozone gas emissions that are a invisible side effect of gas extraction.

Featured Thumbnail image for We voted differently on water pollution and that’s OK

We voted differently on water pollution and that’s OK

Commentary by WyoFile April 30, 2013 April 30, 2013

Wyoming’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commissioners Ryan Lance and Tom Drean explain why their commission approved a disputed water proposal.

Featured Thumbnail image for Is coal making a comeback?

Is coal making a comeback?

Commentary by High Country News April 9, 2013 April 9, 2013

A “symbiotic relationship” between natural gas and renewables has yet to make as much headway as hoped.

Energy Thumbnail image for Two Elk coal-fired power plant granted another delay

Two Elk coal-fired power plant granted another delay

April 2, 2013

After 17 years, Two Elk officials say they will begin construction in January 2014, if markets ‘solidify.’

Featured Thumbnail image for Long-delayed DKRW coal conversion plant lacks financing

Long-delayed DKRW coal conversion plant lacks financing

March 31, 2013

Jason Lillegraven’s study of Carbon Basin geology has him convinced that DKRW’s project has too many faults.

Featured Thumbnail image for Wyoming is no North Dakota — but then, what state is?

Wyoming is no North Dakota — but then, what state is?

Commentary by WyoFile March 19, 2013 March 19, 2013

Rep. Cynthia Lummis’ comparison of private vs. federal drilling left out some important facts.

Featured Thumbnail image for The myth of energy independence

The myth of energy independence

Commentary by WyoFile January 15, 2013 January 15, 2013

The dream of energy independence has given way to the reality of energy interdependence, but energy companies are using the dream to chase profits.

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The Switch

December 28, 2012

COLD SNAP RUNNER-UP: The sun rises on a power line field in northeast Laramie. (Elizabeth Traver — click to enlarge)

Featured Thumbnail image for WyoFile’s Cold Snap Champ: Rob Koelling

WyoFile’s Cold Snap Champ: Rob Koelling

December 25, 2012

Wading through wind chill and snow, this year’s winner caught a glimpse of Wyoming’s biggest industry weathering the storm.

Environment Thumbnail image for Gas flaring riles homeowners in Converse County

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.

Energy Thumbnail image for Pavillion driller blasts EPA contamination findings

Pavillion driller blasts EPA contamination findings

December 7, 2012

Encana Co. is calling on the EPA to withdraw a draft report that linked hydraulic fracturing in Wyoming to groundwater contamination in the Wyoming town.

Energy Thumbnail image for Oil & gas lease buy-back deal coming up short

Oil & gas lease buy-back deal coming up short

December 4, 2012

An historic effort to preserve land in Wyoming Range is racing to raise more than $3 million by the end of the year.

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Cold Snap Challenge: Focus on Energy

November 27, 2012

Attention Wyoming photographers: It’s time again to send us your best shots. This year, we’re looking for images of Wyoming’s booming energy industry.

Featured Thumbnail image for Voting Rights Act suit helps unseat incumbent in Fremont County

Voting Rights Act suit helps unseat incumbent in Fremont County

November 13, 2012

A court order to replace at-large voting for county commissioners with district elections in Fremont County has shifted the balance of power on the commission.