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No new coal? Objections to Wyoming coal mine to be heard

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A state regulatory board plans to consider whether Wyoming’s first major new coal mine in decades should proceed despite the objections of two landowners. A subsidiary of Lexington, Kentucky-based Ramaco seeks to develop the Brook Mine north of Sheridan. The Wyoming Environmental Quality Council on Wednesday will discuss a possible order allowing Brook Mining Company to ...

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Hydraulic fracturing rule in hands of federal judge in Wyoming

Hydraulic fracturing rule in hands of federal judge in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The future of federal rules aimed at protecting land, water and wildlife from energy-production practices including hydraulic fracturing now rests with a judge in Wyoming. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl last year blocked implementation of rules drafted by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. He acted in response to a legal challenge from the states of ...

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Wyoming natural gas production falls for sixth year

CASPER, Wyo. — Production from Wyoming’s natural gas fields fell in 2015 for the sixth consecutive year, while natural gas in the U.S. has been on the rise. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that production slumped 14 percent in 2015. According to the preliminary figures from the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission production levels fell to the smallest annual haul since 2001. U.S. ...

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New Air Force ICBM commander: Cultural change will continue

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Air Force has put problems with misbehavior among nuclear launch officers behind it but won’t lower its vigilance and will keep implementing cultural change within the ranks, the new commander of the nation’s land-based nuclear missiles said Monday. Maj. Gen. Anthony J. Cotton formally took command of the 20th Air Force, which includes intercontinental ballistic missile ...

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With little drilling, Wyoming oil surge not expected to last

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming’s oil industry saw an odd divergence last summer: Oil production soared to a 23-year high while drilling for new oil fell to a 16-year low. Experts say the trend can’t last. They say with little new drilling, it’s just a matter of time before oil production follows suit and declines, too. And they warn Wyoming’s economy ...

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Interior Dept.: High-risk oil, gas wells checks lack funding

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management lacks sufficient resources to inspect high-risk oil and gas wells on federal land as a drilling boom continues in Wyoming, Colorado and other states, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Tuesday. The Obama administration has proposed a fee on oil and gas drillers that would allow the land management agency to hire more ...

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