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Coal Slurry: An idea that came and went

June 24, 2014

During the 1970s coal boom, Wyoming saw several proposals to build coal slurry pipelines to ship the mineral out of state. None succeeded.

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The Two Elk Saga Part 5: “The project from hell”

June 5, 2014

“If I could build it with a hammer, I would.” — North American Vice-President Brad Enzi, March 2007 before the Campbell County Commission.

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Wyoming miner killed at Black Thunder coal mine

August 16, 2013

WyoFile has confirmed that a coal miner was killed early this morning at the Black Thunder mine in southern Campbell County. Killed was Jacob Dowdy, …

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Aftermath: Wyoming stuck with abandoned gas wells

May 21, 2013

Low gas prices and bankruptcies leave landowners and the state stuck with collecting fees and cleaning up abandoned gas wells in the Powder River Basin.

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Burning coal in your home is not a good idea

December 28, 2012

This morning I received an email from a person who was worried about friends on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation who might be freezing. She …

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Feds sacrifice tomorrow’s water to mine uranium today

December 27, 2012

A battle over uranium mining at a remote 35,000-acre tract in Wyoming could shape decisions nationwide as mining surges in drought-stricken areas.

The Pitch

Roundtable set to mull strategic push for Wyoming coal

November 20, 2012

Roundtable set to mull strategic push for Wyoming coal
It’s no secret that many people in Wyoming are on edge about the future of the coal …

The Pitch

Bleizeffer talks coal on EarthFix podcast

July 30, 2012

Bleizeffer talks coal on EarthFix podcast
Last week I spent the afternoon with Katie Campbell of Seattle’s PBS KCTS9 in my hometown of Gillette, talking about …

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Wyoming’s AML revenue stream slowing to a trickle

April 17, 2012

Wyoming has been successful in mitigating abandoned coal mine problems, but it continues to receive large amounts of funding from the Abandoned Mine Lands Fund. …

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Wyoming cautiously reviews insurance exchanges

January 17, 2012

There are approximately 83,000 uninsured people in Wyoming — a situation that puts families at risk of illness, bankruptcy and death — and an insurance …

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Could methane farming hurt Wyo.’s coal deposits?

January 17, 2012

While many folks in the Powder River Basin hope that “microbial stimulation” may help prolong coal-bed methane gas production, the coal industry is seeking assurances …

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Local Control

by The Sage Grouse October 4, 2011 October 4, 2011

The authority of the federal government can be a pain sometimes, but it isn’t necessarily better when a school board, city or county is running …

Photo Friday

Summer fun in Gillette

September 2, 2011

Summer fun in Gillette

Kids get sprayed with water on a hot July day in Gillette. (WyoFile Flickr group photo by Dustin Bleizeffer)

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Hispanic Wyoming: The Jobs Machine of Campbell County

May 3, 2011

Campbell County’s booming growth has provided opportunity not only for transient, poorly educated laborers, but for people with different skill sets: equipment operators, educators, managers, …

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Hispanic Wyoming: A Shift From Agriculture

April 26, 2011

A U.S. Census report released March 3 revealed a 60 percent increase in Wyoming’s Hispanic and Latino population since 2000. The Hispanic population in Wyoming …