Natural Resources & Energy Reporting http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en New Rules Target Crude Train Safety http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-rules-target-crude-train-safety <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The federal government has released new rules for trains transporting crude oil. They come in response to a number of dramatic crude train derailments over the last year, including one that destroyed the town of Lac </span>Megantic<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">, Quebec.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:10:35 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 61813 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New Rules Target Crude Train Safety Wyoming Energy Export Forum http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-energy-export-forum <p>Stephanie Joyce, Wyoming Public Media's Energy &amp; Natural Resources Reporter, will moderate a discussion on Wyoming's raw commodity exports, primarily focused on coal and natural gas. Speakers with a diversity of perspectives will be invited to participate in the conversation.<br /><br />Panelists include Dr. Roger Coupal, UW Professor of Agricultural &amp; Applied Economics, Shawn Reese, CEO of the Wyoming Business Council, and Wyoming Representative Thomas Lubnau, House District H31 (tentative).</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:01:37 +0000 Wyoming Public Media 61691 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Energy Export Forum Proposed Fishing Regulations Would Relax Rules http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/proposed-fishing-regulations-would-relax-rules <p>Thanks to a bill passed in the last budget session, it may soon be legal to use artificial light and out-of-state live bait when fishing in&nbsp;Wyoming.&nbsp; Dave Zafft with Wyoming Game and Fish says its long been against the rules to use lights to draw fish to the lure.&nbsp; Now it could be allowed for nearly all&nbsp;kinds&nbsp;of fishing.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:46:45 +0000 Melodie Edwards 61419 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Proposed Fishing Regulations Would Relax Rules A Plan of Firsts: Lander Resource Management Plan Tackles Big Picture http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/plan-firsts-lander-resource-management-plan-tackles-big-picture <p>The clock is ticking about whether to list the greater sage grouse as an endangered species.&nbsp; Such a listing could all but shut down mineral development in the bird’s habitat.&nbsp; The state has already tackled sage grouse protections.&nbsp; Now it’s the federal government’s turn.&nbsp; It’s been 30 years since the Lander Resource Management Plan was revised.&nbsp; And so the Bureau of Land Management took the opportunity to put more protections in place for the grouse while they were at it.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:04:33 +0000 Melodie Edwards 61211 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org A Plan of Firsts: Lander Resource Management Plan Tackles Big Picture Booming Oil And Gas Production Taxes Pipeline Network http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/booming-oil-and-gas-production-taxes-pipeline-network <p>In the first quarter of 2014, the United States surpassed both Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest oil producer. It already hit that mark for natural gas late last year. All of that oil and gas has to be transported from the fields where it’s drilled to refineries and processing plants, and most of that is done by pipeline, but the nation’s pipeline infrastructure isn’t currently up to the task.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 23:47:03 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 61209 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Booming Oil And Gas Production Taxes Pipeline Network State Will Release Draft And Final Pavillion Reports http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/state-will-release-draft-and-final-pavillion-reports <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The state says it will release both the draft and final versions of reports investigating water contamination in&nbsp;Pavillion. The clarification comes after landowners wrote a letter to Governor Matt Mead protesting the state’s plan to release the draft to Encana, the oil and gas company some accuse of polluting the water, before releasing it to the public.</span></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:26:05 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 61182 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org State Will Release Draft And Final Pavillion Reports Jury Awards Injured Oil And Gas Worker $5.1M http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/jury-awards-injured-oil-and-gas-worker-51m <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">A Wyoming jury has awarded $5.1 million dollars in damages to an oil and gas worker who was injured on the job in 2011.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Then 22-year-old Horr was part of a crew working on a Merit Energy oil well when bu Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:07:50 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 61142 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Jury Awards Injured Oil And Gas Worker $5.1M Lake Owen Fire Update: 80% Contained http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/lake-owen-fire-update-80-contained <p>The Lake Owen forest fire, in the Medicine Bow National Forest area, is now 80% contained the U.S. Forest&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">service reports.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The fire covers approximately 500 acres and has caused the evacuation of nearby campers. Residents along Fox Creek Road and in Woods Landing, </span>Jelm<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and Albany are still being urged to shelter in place. Three heavy air tankers and 150 personnel are currently working on the fire.</span></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:57:53 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 61054 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Lake Owen Fire Update: 80% Contained Wyoming Energy Program Wins National Award http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-energy-program-wins-national-award <p>A Wyoming program that incentivizes businesses’ use of green energy has won a national innovation award.</p><p>The Wyoming Renewable Energy Credit program was named the 2014 Economic Development Award Recipient by Business Facilities Magazine, a national publication on business expansion.</p><p>The initiative is a partnership between the Powder River Energy Corporation and the Wyoming Business Council. It offers a discount on energy costs for Wyoming businesses interested in using green power.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:57:30 +0000 Miles Bryan 61053 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Energy Program Wins National Award Alberta Smoke Creates Wyoming Haze http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/alberta-smoke-creates-wyoming-haze <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Smoke from wildfires in northern Alberta has drifted down into Montana and Wyoming in recent days.</span></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:53:44 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 60815 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Alberta Smoke Creates Wyoming Haze Wyoming Coal Versus The Courts http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-coal-versus-courts <p>This week’s Supreme Court ruling on the EPA and its ability to regulate carbon is a mixed bag for Wyoming officials and energy producers. It sets the stakes even higher for Republicans in the state who are determined to derail a pending EPA rule on climate change. &nbsp;</p><p>Like most all things here in Washington these days, the recent Supreme Court ruling in favor of the EPA is being read along party lines. But Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi says it’s not just partisanship. He says your opinion also hinges on where you’re reading.</p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 00:05:21 +0000 Matt Laslo 60530 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Coal Versus The Courts Wyoming Does Not Officially Track Health Impacts From Energy http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-does-not-officially-track-health-impacts-energy <p>As energy development increases across the country many states are starting to look into whether or not it would be a good idea to set up data bases to track possible health impacts directly attributed to energy development.&nbsp; Colorado has developed an extensive system within its Department of Health to track and investigate health care impacts.&nbsp; The State of Wyoming has not developed such a data base. Doctor Tracy Murphy is the state epidemiologist. He says the Department of Health rare fields calls of that nature.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 23:55:44 +0000 Bob Beck 60529 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Does Not Officially Track Health Impacts From Energy Montana Crude Rail Routes Revealed http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/montana-crude-rail-routes-revealed <p></p><p>A dozen or more trains carrying crude oil from the Bakken region are moving across northern Montana every week, skirting the edge of Glacier National Park. More trains -- far fewer in number - pass through populated regions farther south.</p><p>Governor Steve Bullock <a href="https://www.evernote.com/shard/s427/sh/fa657b90-491c-440b-9670-a792fbbe03f9/657798dcee45540426d7e03fc504df94" target="_blank">released the route information this week</a>, making Montana the latest state after Washington to buck railroads’ requests to keep the information out of public hands.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 22:51:33 +0000 Dan Boyce & Inside Energy 60523 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Montana Crude Rail Routes Revealed First Crude Oil Train Rolls Out of Black Thunder Terminal http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/first-crude-oil-train-rolls-out-black-thunder-terminal <p>Another rail loading facility for crude oil&nbsp;opened in Wyoming last week, bringing the total to at least seven.</p><p>Seventy- thousand barrels of Wyoming oil&nbsp;rolled out of the Black Thunder terminal in the Powder River Basin, headed for a refinery on the East Coast.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:35:51 +0000 Miles Bryan 60339 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org First Crude Oil Train Rolls Out of Black Thunder Terminal Proposed Rule To Make Tribal Oil Pricing Fairer http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/proposed-rule-make-tribal-oil-pricing-fairer <p>The federal government is trying to create a better system for pricing oil and gas on Indian reservations. The Office of Natural Resource Revenue&nbsp;brought together government, tribes and the energy industry to write the new rule.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Claire Ware is the Director of the Shoshone-Arapahoe Tribes Minerals Compliance Program and sat on the committee.&nbsp; She says the old rules put tribes at a disadvantage. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:20:46 +0000 Melodie Edwards 60318 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Proposed Rule To Make Tribal Oil Pricing Fairer Secrecy Prevails With Crude-By-Rail Data http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/secrecy-prevails-crude-rail-data <p><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-size: 17.108px; line-height: 1.5;">Hundreds of thousands of tank cars full of crude oil snake across the nation each year, and the number is only increasing. &nbsp;In the last five years, the number has jumped 14-fold. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 14:58:14 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 60209 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Secrecy Prevails With Crude-By-Rail Data American Bird Conservancy Files Suit Over Eagle Take Permits http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/american-bird-conservancy-files-suit-over-eagle-take-permits <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">An environmental group is suing the federal government over eagle take permits. The permits allow wind farms to kill a certain number of protected bald and golden eagles annually without penalty. In December, the Fish and Wildlife Service <a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/feds-extend-duration-eagle-take-permits">changed the duration</a> of the permits from five to 30 years in response to industry lobbying. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 23:08:29 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 60167 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org American Bird Conservancy Files Suit Over Eagle Take Permits Republican Governors Urge EPA To Scrap Carbon Pollution Rule http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/republican-governors-urge-epa-scrap-carbon-pollution-rule <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Governor Matt Mead joined his counterparts in eight other states Monday in asking the Environmental Protection Agency to scrap its new carbon pollution rules. The rules call for a 30 percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions from US power plants by 2030.</span></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 00:10:33 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 60075 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Republican Governors Urge EPA To Scrap Carbon Pollution Rule USDA Pays To Turn Dead Trees Into Biofuel http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/usda-pays-turn-dead-trees-biofuel <p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture starting a program that pays people to deliver dead trees to power plants that can convert them to biomass fuel.&nbsp; Large swaths of Wyoming’s forests have been killed by pine beetle infestations and some say they pose a fire danger. Todd Atkinson with the Farm Service Agency says he hopes money will give people the incentive to harvest from more remote areas.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 22:22:01 +0000 Melodie Edwards 59932 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org USDA Pays To Turn Dead Trees Into Biofuel Laramie County Sees Surge In Oil And Gas Development http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/laramie-county-sees-surge-oil-and-gas-development <p>For years, southeastern Wyoming has been expecting an oil boom that’s never arrived. Just across the border in Colorado, drilling has reached breakneck pace, but Wyoming has been relatively quiet -- until now. The discovery of a new, more promising oil reserve has led to a surge of interest in oil and gas development in Laramie County over the last few months.</p><p>In May of 2013, oil and gas companies applied for nine permits to drill in Laramie County. In May of 2014, companies applied for 132.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 23:08:01 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 59815 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Laramie County Sees Surge In Oil And Gas Development Crude Oil By Rail: On The Rise In Colorado And Everywhere http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/crude-oil-rail-rise-colorado-and-everywhere <p>The transport of crude oil by rail has spiked dramatically in recent years. <a href="https://www.aar.org/newsandevents/Freight-Rail-Traffic/Pages/2014-03-13-railtraffic.aspx#.U5dOtPldU1J">From 2012 to 2013 the amount carried</a> by the country's major freight railroads increased nearly 75 percent, according to the American Association of Railroads.&nbsp;&nbsp;Even though crude oil accounted for just over 1 percent of overall rail traffic last year, there's growing public concern about the potential oil spills and other hazards.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 22:58:25 +0000 Grace Hood & Inside Energy 59811 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Crude Oil By Rail: On The Rise In Colorado And Everywhere State Begins Plugging Orphaned Wells http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/state-begins-plugging-orphaned-wells <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The state has started plugging some of the thousand-plus orphaned wells in the Powder River Basin.&nbsp;The wells are relics of the coal-bed methane bust, when many companies went bankrupt and walked away without closing their wells. The state has taken on responsibility for plugging them, using a combination of revoked bonds and funds from a production tax.</span></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 21:11:25 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 59796 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org State Begins Plugging Orphaned Wells Colorado Ground Zero For Political Wars Over Fracking http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/colorado-ground-zero-political-wars-over-fracking <p>Political spending both for and against potential anti-fracking ballot measures is already washing over Colorado.</p><p>Colorado is quickly becoming ground zero for a political war over the future of hydraulic fracturing.&nbsp;Drill operations are pushing deeper into populated areas these days and some local governments and activists are supporting ballot measures that would give communities greater control over the industry.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 22:08:17 +0000 Dan Boyce & Inside Energy 59684 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Colorado Ground Zero For Political Wars Over Fracking Wyoming Regulators Evaluating EPA Carbon Rule http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-regulators-evaluating-epa-carbon-rule <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">In the week since the Obama administration unveiled new rules to curb carbon emissions from the nation’s power plants, Wyoming regulators have been digging in, trying to figure out exactly what they’ll mean for the Cowboy State. So far, they have more questions than answers.</span></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:03:29 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 59648 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Regulators Evaluating EPA Carbon Rule BLM And Citizens' Group Plan To Clean Up Rogers Canyon http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/blm-and-citizens-group-plan-clean-rogers-canyon <p>Rogers Canyon north of Laramie has long been a favorite destination for cyclists. But also for off-road vehicle riders, gun enthusiasts and people with a trunk full of garbage unwilling to pay the dump fee.&nbsp; Conflicts between the groups have been mounting, and the Bureau of Land Management wants to set new guidelines to make the area safer and cleaner.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:15:34 +0000 Melodie Edwards 59615 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org BLM And Citizens' Group Plan To Clean Up Rogers Canyon New Ammonia Plant Approved In Rock Springs http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-ammonia-plant-approved-rock-springs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Wyoming Industrial Siting Council has approved a plan for a new ammonia plant about four miles outside Rock Springs.&nbsp; </span>Simplot<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> currently operates a phosphorous fertilizer plant on the site, and ammonia is one of the raw materials they need for production.&nbsp; With the cost of shipping it long distances by rail, </span>Simplot<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> decided to start producing their own. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:34:55 +0000 Melodie Edwards 59586 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New Ammonia Plant Approved In Rock Springs State Promises Union Pacific Confidentiality For Crude Train Data http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/state-promises-union-pacific-confidentiality-crude-train-data <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">In the wake of recent derailments and explosions of crude oil trains, state officials will start receiving information about when those trains are moving through their states. Sat, 07 Jun 2014 00:54:59 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 59485 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org State Promises Union Pacific Confidentiality For Crude Train Data Wyoming's Congressional Delegation Believes New EPA Rules Will Devastate The Economy http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyomings-congressional-delegation-believes-new-epa-rules-will-devastate-economy <p>This week the EPA unveiled a new rule to drastically cut carbon emissions from the nation's power plants. While Wyoming Republicans say it will devastate the economy, Matt Laslo reports from Washington that some experts say their outdated thinking has set the state back in the new energy economy.&nbsp;</p><p>The White House isn't waiting around for this Congress to help it tackle climate change. The new EPA rule will require Wyoming to slash it's carbon emissions by 19 percent. Wyoming Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis says the state's energy producers are worried.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 23:38:36 +0000 Matt Laslo 59477 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming's Congressional Delegation Believes New EPA Rules Will Devastate The Economy EPA Carbon Regs Leave Wyoming Out In The Cold...Or Do They? http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/epa-carbon-regs-leave-wyoming-out-coldor-do-they <p>It didn't take long after the Obama administration unveiled new rules this week regulating carbon emissions from power plants for people to start naming winners and losers. Wyoming, the nation’s largest coal-producing state, and a huge coal consumer, was immediately billed as a loser.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 23:28:12 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 59476 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org EPA Carbon Regs Leave Wyoming Out In The Cold...Or Do They? Mead Visits Washington To Promote Coal Exports http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mead-visits-washington-promote-coal-exports <p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 1.5em;">A controversial coal export terminal proposed for this Columbia River town has a big supporter from Wyoming.</span></p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 15:13:54 +0000 Cassandra Profita 59314 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mead Visits Washington To Promote Coal Exports