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Wyoming unemployment rate increases to 4.1 percent in March

CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Wyoming’s unemployment rate has increased slightly to 4.1 percent. The March jobless rate is up from February’s 4.0 percent but is still lower than the national rate of 5.5 percent. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services says job losses in the oil and gas industry contributed to the increase in unemployment. The largest unemployment rate increases among counties ...

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Wyoming’s O&G tax task force meets for first time

Wyoming is determined to sort out its mineral taxes in the next two years, The Denver Business Journal reports. The state recently appointed a task force made up of lawmakers, oil and gas representatives and other contributors to conduct a two-year study of how to make the mining industry’s severance and ad valorem taxes more efficient. The task force is ...

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Council endorses unread deal involving gas developer bonds

CHEYENNE — The review board for the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality voted Tuesday to dismiss bond forfeiture proceedings against a coal-bed methane developer despite concern among some members that they hadn’t seen the settlement behind their decision. The 6-1 vote by the Environmental Quality Council allows a surety bond company to proceed with inventory and reclamation of as many ...

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Recreational vehicle businesses feel Wyoming oil slump

RIVERTON, Wyo.— Businesses that sell snowmobiles, motorcycles and other recreational vehicles say they’re feeling the effects of low oil prices. Oil prices down around half what they were a year ago are causing petroleum companies to cut back on drilling in Wyoming and elsewhere. Workers in the oil industry are taking pay cuts, getting laid off or having to move. ...

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ND joining Wyoming lawsuit against federal fracking rules

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota plans to join Wyoming in a lawsuit challenging a new federal hydraulic fracturing rule for U.S. government lands. The North Dakota Industrial Commission headed by Gov. Jack Dalrymple voted Tuesday to intervene in the lawsuit that Wyoming filed last week in federal court. The Obama administration is requiring companies that drill on federal lands to ...

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Wyoming population reaches estimated 584,000 in 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — New U.S. Census Bureau estimates say Wyoming’s population increased 0.2 percent over a year to 584,153 in July 2014. The annual increase from July 2013 of 930 persons is the slowest increase since 2001. After accounting for births and deaths, the estimated net migration indicates that nearly 2,200 more persons left Wyoming than moved into the state ...

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North Dakota: An ideal model for flaring?

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Wyomingites may look to North Dakota for inspiration in solving the state’s ongoing dispute over natural gas flaring, according to The Billings Gazette. As the state grapples with looming flaring regulations, an agreement between interests may prove to be hard-won; environmentalists criticize the practice, which involves burning off excess gas, for being wasteful and hazardous, but the state’s oil and ...

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Federal oil, gas rule duplication a concern in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Some critics of new rules for oil and gas development on federal and tribal land point out that similar rules have been in effect in Wyoming for years. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced the new rules Friday. They include a requirement that petroleum companies disclose the chemicals in the fluid products used in hydraulic fracturing. Fracking involves ...

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Wyoming grouse conservation could preserve area for birds

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A new system announced Wednesday to conserve habitat for the greater sage grouse will start by making 86 square miles of Wyoming ranchland available for preservation through arrangements with oil and gas companies and others who, in exchange, want to develop the birds’ habitat elsewhere in the state. Eventually the sage grouse conservation bank announced Wednesday in ...

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