oil and gas industry http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Wyoming Stories: An Outside Perspective On Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-stories-outside-perspective-wyoming <p>Gretchen Wheeler grew up in Nebraska and moved to Wyoming to teach in the Communications Department at Casper College.&nbsp; As a “non-native” Wyomingite, Gretchen shares her observations of the cultural differences between Wyoming and Nebraska.</p><p></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 17:12:31 +0000 Cordelia Zars & Micah Schweizer 58331 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Stories: An Outside Perspective On Wyoming Women Still Face Barriers For Oilfield Jobs http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/women-still-face-barriers-oilfield-jobs <p>Some of the best paying jobs in Wyoming are in the oil and gas industry, but only ten percent are held by women.&nbsp; Energy companies are trying to attract more women to fill open positions.&nbsp; But women who <em>do</em> want to enter the field for the higher-paying jobs face a lot of barriers. Wyoming Public Radio’s Melodie Edwards reports.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 22:14:30 +0000 Melodie Edwards 57750 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Women Still Face Barriers For Oilfield Jobs Frac Sand Poses Potential Health Problem For Workers http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/frac-sand-poses-potential-health-problem-workers <p>It’s been called miner's phthisis, grinder's asthma, potter's rot. Silicosis is a disease of the lungs that’s caused by inhaling tiny particles of crystalline silica dust, basically sand. Those particles cut the lung tissue, causing inflammation and scarring that make it difficult to breathe.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:04:52 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 56712 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Frac Sand Poses Potential Health Problem For Workers Wyoming Doesn’t Often Fine Industry For Spills http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-doesn-t-often-fine-industry-spills <p>Wyoming regulators recorded hundreds of spills by the oil and gas industry last year, but issued just a handful of fines. As Wyoming Public Radio’s Stephanie Joyce reports, that’s actually not unusual.<br /><br />STEPHANIE JOYCE: ‘Genie McMullan knows when there’s been an oil spill from the production wells on her goat farm in the Big Horn Basin.<br /><br />'GENIE McMULLAN: When there’s a spill there’s a sharp smell, it’s a burning smell to my senses, my nose, my eyes, my lungs.<br /> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 00:02:23 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 52771 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Doesn’t Often Fine Industry For Spills Groundwater testing could become a pre-drilling requirement http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/groundwater-testing-could-become-pre-drilling-requirement <p></p><p></p><p>Governor Matt Mead is considering requiring companies to test for groundwater contamination before drilling for oil or gas.</p><p></p><p>The new requirement would be part of the Mead’s energy strategy for the state. The goal is to make it easier to determine whether contaminated water was the result of energy production.</p><p></p><p>Jill Morrison with the Powder River Basin Resource Council says the proposed requirement is long overdue.</p><p></p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 23:55:13 +0000 Willow Belden 36274 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Groundwater testing could become a pre-drilling requirement Governor Mead is opposing federal fracking rules http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/governor-mead-opposing-federal-fracking-rules <p>Governor Matt Mead is asking the Department of Interior to give the state 90 days of additional time to respond to new federal hydraulic fracturing rules.&nbsp;</p><p>The governor is concerned that the rules, when combined with existing state rules, will drive up costs for the oil and gas industry.&nbsp; He says Wyoming wants more time to study impacts to the state.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 00:14:33 +0000 Bob Beck 25899 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Governor Mead is opposing federal fracking rules