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California company & Wyo legislator seek to delay well-plugging with hopes that microbes will rebuild production

The persistent low price of natural gas continues to push coal-bed methane gas operators in the Powder River Basin to the brink of bankruptcy, leaving some 8,000 to 9,000 wells idle — many of them at risk of mechanical failure. Usually the bonds posted by companies facing bankruptcy fall short of covering the cost to […]

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

— 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 still prevalent here, oil and gas officials say there’s a treasure of fossil fuels in the West that will take America closer to energy independence than any plan conceived […]