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Wyoming, Arch Coal reach bankruptcy bonding deal

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming regulators have reached a deal with Arch Coal to accept up to $75 million in place of the company’s $486 million in bonding obligations in the state while the company goes through Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Among Arch’s two active mines in Wyoming is Black Thunder, one of the world’s largest coal complexes. Bonding helps ensure ...

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Feds query Wyoming regulators about coal mine bond decisions

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Federal regulators have told Wyoming to provide more justification for allowing less than full bonding for four coal mines while the mine owners go through bankruptcy reorganization. Bonding for the mines owned by Arch Coal and Alpha Natural Resources is insufficient under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, groups including the Powder River Basin Resource Council ...

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Groups to environment agency: Start taking email comments

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Two groups on Monday asked Wyoming’s state environmental regulatory agency to begin accepting comments from the public by email, not just by fax or postal mail, as part of the process of considering rule changes or whether to issue permits. The Powder River Basin Resource Council landowners group and the Citizens United for Responsible Energy Development filed ...

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CO2 storage bill advances in Wyoming

Wyoming’s house committee advanced a bill to track stored carbon dioxide within the state, according to a Casper Star Tribune article. The bill would create a program for the state to ascertain the amount of stored carbon dioxide used in oil production. This carbon is used for methods such as enhanced oil recovery, a newer technique that utilizes pressurized carbon ...

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WOGCC cracks down on flaring


With its string of rejections to flaring requests, the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission seems to be sending the state’s oil and gas industry a message to cut back on gas flaring. The most recent of the rejections occurred last week in response to a flaring request from Chesapeake Energy, according to the Star Tribune. The company had asked ...

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Commission extends longer setbacks from drill rigs

Cable tool drilling rig, Kern County Musuem

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission voted Tuesday to recommend an increase to the minimum allowable distance between oil and gas drilling rigs and dwellings. The commission, which includes Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, voted Tuesday to propose a new rule that would extend the setback distance between homes and oil and gas wells from the current ...

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Wyoming landowners’ group pushing for increased drilling setbacks

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media A Wyoming landowners’ group has called on oil and gas regulators to bolster proposed rules that would increase the minimum setback requirements between drilling operations and homes, according to a report by the Casper Star Tribune. Earlier this month members of the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission proposed increasing the setbacks of vertical ...

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