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Citing Trump’s executive order, BLM considers leasing sage grouse habitat for oil and gas

June 29, 2017 in News

The federal push to open energy development on public lands resonates in Wyoming, where low prices and production have wreaked havoc on the economy. But when it comes to saving a chicken-sized bird once considered for an endangered species listing, the overlap of conservation and drilling for oil and gas can drum up conflict. With the Department of the Interior reviewing sage grouse conservation plans and President Donald Trump’s directive to make energy development a priority on public lands, a renewe... continue reading

Oil and gas lease sale in Wyoming nets $2.6 million

June 28, 2017 in News

Wyoming netted about $1.3 million from an oil and gas lease sale of federal land last week. Operators bidding in the relatively small auction Thursday paid a total of $2.6 million for Wyoming land, with about half of the proceeds going to the federal government. The Bureau of Land Management offered 26 parcels in five southern counties, or about 32,000 acres. Crow Creek Resources from Greenwood Village, Colorado, paid the highest price by far, at $3,142 per acre for 534 acres. ... continue reading

Some companies want to raise $80 million to improve Wyoming coal. But who are they?

June 27, 2017 in News

A newly formed company is raising money for a large plant designed to make Wyoming coal burn hotter and thus more valuable to sell. But it is unclear who exactly is betting on coal’s future. Wyoming New Energy Corp.’s backers and leadership have not been named. The firm, registered earlier this year with the state, is scouting for a location in Wyoming to build. The plant will license the treatment and drying process of another company, Clean Coal Technologies. ... continue reading

For many tourists, firing a Gatling gun or machine gun rounds out Yellowstone vacation

June 23, 2017 in News

Steve Heinowski started the last morning of his family’s trip to Yellowstone cranking a Gatling gun capable of firing 10 rounds per second. Then he played mini golf. “We had lunch first — we’re not that hardcore. The old man needs a break,” Heinowski said, referring to himself. Read Full Story... continue reading

Standing tall in west Casper, a new statue will be dedicated Friday

June 22, 2017 in News

He’ll have to be waxed once a year with Johnson’s paste wax in the yellow can. “Otherwise, the patina will turn green, and we don’t want that,” Casper sculptor Chris Navarro said this week. Read Full Story... continue reading

Trail Treks bring pioneer trail stories to life

June 21, 2017 in News

The 6-year-old fell from the wagon tongue and tumbled under the covered wagon. Two wheels ran over the boy, a fellow traveler wrote in his journal. Joel Hembree died the next day in July of 1843. The boy’s grave near Douglas is the oldest known along the Oregon Trail. The family had been traveling since May from Missouri and had no choice but to bury him and move on. ... continue reading

The Powder River Basin is poised for growth when oil prices rise. But what will it mean for jobs?

June 20, 2017 in News

Oilmen like to say that each well they drill increases their knowledge of the formation beneath them. Technology to dive deep and far, to shatter rock and unleash oil, has been at hand for years. More recently, operators have learned new lessons on sending a drill bit out horizontally for miles. The more they know, the less expensive and more effective drilling becomes. ... continue reading

2016 coal consumption for electricity hit 30-year low

June 16, 2017 in News

The amount of coal burned for electricity in 2016 was the lowest it’s been since 1984, the Energy Information Administration reported Friday. The power industry burned 677 million short tons last year to provide energy to the country. That accounts for 93 percent of total coal consumption for the year. The electricity sector burned 35 percent less coal last year than 2008, the pinnacle year for U.S coal production, according to the EIA. ... continue reading

Despite downtown investments, Cercys’ Wonder Bar plan receives pushback from Casper City Council

June 15, 2017 in News

Casper City Council threw cold water on plans by the new Wonder Bar owners to build a patio for outdoor seating in front of the historic downtown establishment. Legal questions and skepticism from some Council members about the effect of eliminating parking spaces along Center Street mark the first public pushback against the Cercy family’s plans for developing downtown Casper. ... continue reading

Storm Cat reaches deal with state over more than 2,000 wells and $10 million in unpaid bonds

June 14, 2017 in News

The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission voted Tuesday on a compromise with a bankrupt coal bed methane company that has pleaded for patience for more than a year over its failure to post $10 million worth of bonds. The state will not recoup the total amount that Denver-based Storm Cat Energy owes for 2,432 wells in northern Wyoming. But commissioners decided unanimously that if the company can reach court approval for the sale of its producible wells to Summit Gas Resources of Sheridan next ... continue reading