Powder River Basin

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Broke, out-of-compliance CBM operator asks for another chance

July 12, 2014

Wyoming oil and gas regulators are under pressure to finally take action against broke, out-of-compliance coal-bed methane operators.

The Pitch

Public meetings set for Converse County oil & gas project

May 23, 2014

The project consists of drilling up to 5,000 new oil and gas wells on 1,500 well pads over a 10-year period. The BLM is preparing …

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Sierra Club: Leave Wyoming’s coal and oil shale in the ground

April 10, 2014

A new study says Powder River Basin coal and other U.S. fossil fuels must stay in the ground to avoid accelerating global warming.

The Pitch

Public can comment on federal coal lease modification

March 24, 2014

Public can comment on federal coal lease modification
— March 24, 2014
(Press release) — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Plains District Office (HPDO) announces …

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State: Wyoming is a ‘wonderland’ of energy potential

February 26, 2014

“The capacity to increase coal production and the capacity to increase natural gas production is there, given the right market circumstances,” said Wyoming State Geological …

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Bill would ease taxes on coal, increase taxes on oil & gas

February 4, 2014

Rep. Barlow says a $40M annual loss in coal severance tax collection is worth it to help maintain the $1.2B that coal contributes in overall …

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Wyoming emergency managers heavily rely on railroads to respond to derailments

December 31, 2013

Wyoming’s heavy railroad traffic includes oil tankers and other potentially harmful payloads that pose a human health risk.

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Gov Mead wants additional $3M from industry account to plug orphaned wells

December 11, 2013

Oil and gas operators have idled thousands of coal-bed methane gas wells in Wyoming in recent years, creating a multi-million environmental liability.

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Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch may be spared from encroaching oil development

October 23, 2013

There’s no real strategic plan for the Bakken oil play, no EIS guiding a comprehensive landscape scale management plan.

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Wyoming’s multi-million dollar effort to clean up abandoned wells fails to launch

September 26, 2013

Efforts to clean up abandoned coal-bed methane gas wells lacks financing and is mired in outdated rules and regulations guiding oil and gas development.

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But I thought this was why Wyoming invested in coal-gasification?

September 24, 2013

Two years ago, Gov. Mead blamed federal inaction on energy policies for delaying a $100M partnership with GE to advance technologies for Wyoming coal.

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Feds say 21 cents (per ton) bid for Powder River Basin coal is too low

September 18, 2013

Federal officials announced Wednesday that a 21-cents per ton bid for a coal lease was rejected for not meeting fair market value.

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Recent no-bid on Powder River Basin coal tract may show preference for coal exports

August 23, 2013

With all the economic and regulatory factors evolving in the coal market, Wyoming can’t say what might be in store for Powder River Basin coal.

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Cheyenne lecture will focus on Powder River Basin coal leasing program

August 16, 2013

The laws and regulations guiding federal coal leases in the Powder River Basin are a compilation of many strange turns throughout the past four decades. …

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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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Federal PRB coal lease sale set for August 21

July 26, 2013

148M tons of federal Powder River Basin coal up for bid in August
— July 26, 2013
(Press release) The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold …

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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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Wyoming wrestles with gas flares that might not help oil production

June 11, 2013

Flaring natural gas associated with oil wells is a standard practice — often a necessity because the volumes of gas do not justify the cost …

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Lubnau: Children might die without Wyoming coal exports

May 23, 2013

Getting Asia hooked on cheaply produced PRB coal would delay the development of more efficient and lower greenhouse gas emission energy resources. From a climate …

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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.