oil http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en 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 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 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 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 Casper Geowives Celebrate 60 Years http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/casper-geowives-celebrate-60-years <p>Sixty years ago a group of women in Casper whose husbands were always leaving them for long shifts out on the oil patch got together to commiserate and lunch. The group became known as the Geowives - wives of geologists - and it’s celebrating its diamond anniversary this spring. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov attended the Geowives’ monthly luncheon and has this story.&nbsp;</p><p>IRINA ZHOROV: Bette Faust is one of the charter members of the Geowives, and a Wyoming native who came to Casper in the 1950s.</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 18:29:24 +0000 Irina Zhorov 58418 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Casper Geowives Celebrate 60 Years Casper Facing Shortage In Homes http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/casper-facing-shortage-homes <p>As the Oil City Casper has seen its fate is closely tied with the energy industry and the recent boom in production is seeing Casper's population expand at an astounding rate. One thing not expanding fast enough however is affordable housing. Wyoming Public Radio's Jordan Giese reports.</p><p>JORDAN GIESE: Despite new commercial development one thing in Casper you'll struggle to find are for-sale and rent signs. With all the new energy work, people have poured into Casper, sometimes leaving little for the residents already there.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 23:03:12 +0000 Jordan Giese 58423 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Casper Facing Shortage In Homes Inside Energy Production And Politics http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/inside-energy-production-and-politics <p>A continuing energy boom in the Rocky Mountains and Northern Great Plains is reshaping the future of what’s powering America, and we’re launching a new reporting project to keep track of that.</p><p>Through Inside Energy<em>, </em>we’re teaming up with public radio and television stations in Colorado, Wyoming and North Dakota to explore the complex energy issues affecting our lives.</p><p>The three states are feeling this new energy economy differently, and it’s changing political realities in different ways.</p><p></p><p><strong>WYOMING</strong></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 22:42:09 +0000 Dan Boyce 58420 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Inside Energy Production And Politics Wyoming Stories: Boom And Bust In Rawlins http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-stories-boom-and-bust-rawlins <p>Marla Brown is a fifth generation Wyomingite who grew up helping run her parents’ various businesses during some of Rawlins’ booms and busts.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 13 May 2014 15:23:52 +0000 Adrian Shirk & Micah Schweizer 58208 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Stories: Boom And Bust In Rawlins Groups Disagree On Implications Of New Federal Energy Production Data http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/groups-disagree-implications-new-federal-energy-production-data <p>Recently released <a href="http://statistics.onrr.gov/Default.aspx">data </a>compiled by the federal government shows oil production on federal lands is up from last year, while natural gas production is down.&nbsp;Overall, the energy sector is booming, but industry analysts say companies are shifting from natural gas to wetter plays because of low natural gas prices. But even though production is up, some industry groups point out that it's increasing more quickly on private lands and blame the trend on slow permitting by the federal government.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:38:23 +0000 Irina Zhorov 56651 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Groups Disagree On Implications Of New Federal Energy Production Data Barrasso Wants To Use Wyo. Gas As Weapon Against Russia http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/barrasso-wants-use-wyo-gas-weapon-against-russia <p>Lawmakers in Washington are debating whether to export more natural gas to combat Russian threats to cut off its gas supplies to Europe. Our D-C reporter &nbsp;Matt Laslo has a look at what that could mean for Wyoming’s economy – and environment.</p> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 20:25:06 +0000 Matt Laslo 56056 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Barrasso Wants To Use Wyo. Gas As Weapon Against Russia Surge in Crude Oil Production http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/surge-crude-oil-production <p>Wyoming&nbsp;crude oil production is on the upswing.</p><p></p><p>The state&nbsp;produced more crude oil last year than it has in any year since 1999.&nbsp; That's in line with a&nbsp;nationwide trend; last year the country produced more crude oil than it has in any year since&nbsp;1989.</p><p>State geologist Tom Drean says the increase can be&nbsp;attributed to more drilling activity in&nbsp;unconventional plays like shale and&nbsp;tight sands, made possible because of technologies like fracking,&nbsp;and horizontal and extended reach drilling.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 00:51:35 +0000 Erin Jones 55311 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Surge in Crude Oil Production Halliburton Donates $3M To University Of Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/halliburton-donates-3m-university-wyoming <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The University of Wyoming is getting a major donation for its new energy and engineering research complex.&nbsp; Halliburton is giving $2 million to be applied&nbsp;towards a 'high bay' research facility.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 00:45:00 +0000 Bob Beck 54866 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Halliburton Donates $3M To University Of Wyoming Growth In Energy Production Prompts Concerns Over Air Monitoring Network http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/growth-energy-production-prompts-concerns-over-air-monitoring-network <p>We’ve reported often on the effects that energy production can have on air quality. The most obvious example is Pinedale, where federal ambient air quality standards were violated, largely because of emissions from natural gas production. Regulators say the air elsewhere in the state is fine. But some worry that Wyoming doesn’t have a sufficient monitoring network to know for sure. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports.</p> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 00:21:28 +0000 Willow Belden 52774 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Growth In Energy Production Prompts Concerns Over Air Monitoring Network Oil and gas could see new setback rules http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/oil-and-gas-could-see-new-setback-rules <p>The head of the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission says his agency will consider changing setback rules. Those are the rules that govern how far away oil and gas operations, such as wells, have to be from things like houses.</p><p>Grant Black spoke at a public meeting in Douglas last night. He says currently, the setback rule is the same, regardless of whether you’re dealing with a home or something else. But he says that could change.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:56:27 +0000 Willow Belden 52692 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Oil and gas could see new setback rules Court hears challenge to fracking chemical trade secret exemption http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/court-hears-challenge-fracking-chemical-trade-secret-exemption <div></div><p>The Wyoming Supreme Court heard a case Wednesday challenging the state’s process for exempting fracking chemicals from public disclosure. Wyoming was the first state in the nation to adopt a disclosure law, but it included what some say is a massive loophole: companies can petition for what’s called a trade secret exemption. They’ve done that more than a hundred times since the law went into effect in 2010.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:02:51 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 50231 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Court hears challenge to fracking chemical trade secret exemption Wyoming adopts baseline testing rule http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-adopts-baseline-testing-rule <div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"></div><div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">On Tuesday, Wyoming joined the growing list of states that will require groundwater testing at oil and gas wells before and after drilling occurs.&nbsp;</div><div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</div><div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Com Wed, 13 Nov 2013 15:44:04 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 49825 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming adopts baseline testing rule Oil industry faces mounting wastewater challenge http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/oil-industry-faces-mounting-wastewater-challenge <p>Disposing of oil&rsquo;s biggest byproduct is going to be a challenge for Wyoming in coming years. That was the takeaway from a panel discussion Wednesday about water use and energy development.</p><p></p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:01:53 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 48502 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Oil industry faces mounting wastewater challenge Industry mostly on board with new water testing rules http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/industry-mostly-board-new-water-testing-rules <p>For the most part, industry is happy with the new draft rules for baseline water testing near oil and gas wells. The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission released its <a href="http://wogcc.state.wy.us/downloads/08162013_CH3_130731%20Strike%20Underscore.pdf" target="_blank">latest draft</a> of them last week.</p><p>Petroleum Association of Wyoming Vice President John Robitaille says he continues to hear from association members that baseline testing is necessary.</p><p>“In all honesty, I think we probably should have been doing this several years ago,” he says.</p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:46:17 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 45911 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Industry mostly on board with new water testing rules Rail transport opens new markets for oil, but draws criticism from some local communities http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/rail-transport-opens-new-markets-oil-draws-criticism-some-local-communities <p>A facility is slated to be built in the town of Fort Laramie that would load oil onto rail cars. Assuming the project gets the necessary permits from the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, it’s expected to be completed by the end of the year. Transporting oil by train is becoming increasingly popular, and experts say this facility and others like it will help the energy industry thrive. But local residents fear that a new industrial site could bring problems to their community. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 21:00:33 +0000 Willow Belden 43644 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Rail transport opens new markets for oil, but draws criticism from some local communities Fort Laramie residents voice concerns about new oil facility http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/fort-laramie-residents-voice-concerns-about-new-oil-facility <p>Residents of Fort Laramie say they’re concerned about pollution, noise, and safety issues associated with a proposed oil loading terminal.</p><p></p><p>The facility, which would be built on the northwest end of town, would take oil from pipelines and transfer it to rail cars, to be transported to the east and west coasts.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 21:22:56 +0000 Willow Belden 43515 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Fort Laramie residents voice concerns about new oil facility 237 years of independence and energy http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/237-years-independence-and-energy <p>The Energy Information Administration says that in the 237 years since the adoption of the Declaration of Independence the U.S. has gone from using primarily renewable resources like wood and water to using fossil fuels.</p><p>Statistician at the EIA, Tyson Brown, says he compiled the brief just for fun, but says it’s still enlightening to look at the long-term changes.</p> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 14:02:54 +0000 Irina Zhorov 43192 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org 237 years of independence and energy Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute to host CO2 conference http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/enhanced-oil-recovery-institute-host-co2-conference <p></p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 00:33:07 +0000 Willow Belden 42803 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute to host CO2 conference Mead trip spurs Saudi interest in UW research http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mead-trip-spurs-saudi-interest-uw-research <p>Gov. Matt Mead's weeklong trip to Saudi Arabia last week has succeeded in drawing interest to energy research going on at the University of Wyoming.</p><p></p><p>As a result of the trip, officials from Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil giant will be visiting UW soon to get a closer look at the research.</p><p>UW has been doing specialized research that could have application to extracting oil from underground formations that are tough to tap.</p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 22:02:17 +0000 The Associated Press 39365 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mead trip spurs Saudi interest in UW research Air quality research to begin in Sublette and Converse Counties http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/air-quality-research-begin-sublette-and-converse-counties <p>Researchers at the University of Wyoming are planning to map out the emissions coming from natural gas fields in Sublette County.</p><p>The area violates federal air quality standards because emissions from the energy industry have caused high levels of ozone, which is a type of smog, to form.</p><p>Rob Field is leading the project. He says they’ll use high-tech mobile monitors to measure air quality.</p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 18:57:26 +0000 Willow Belden 35847 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Air quality research to begin in Sublette and Converse Counties Environmental group calls for groundwater protection measures http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/environmental-group-calls-groundwater-protection-measures <p>The Powder River Basin Resource Council has drawn up a list of recommendations to protect groundwater resources during energy production.</p><p>The group’s Jill Morrison says they want the state to document how much water is available in aquifers, and to limit how much water can be used for oil and gas production in certain areas where water resources are scarce.</p><p>“Because we know, for example, in the Powder River Basin, we’ve really drawn down our main aquifer that supplies domestic use … through the coalbed methane development,” Morrison said.</p><p></p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 14:57:00 +0000 Willow Belden 35326 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Environmental group calls for groundwater protection measures Chesapeake to discuss Converse County oil plans with community http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/chesapeake-discuss-converse-county-oil-plans-community <p>Chesapeake Energy is hosting a community meeting tomorrow about its future energy development plans in Converse County.</p><p>Chesapeake has drilled several oil wells around a residential subdivision just outside of Douglas, and one well blew out in the spring, spewing gas into the air.</p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 22:33:46 +0000 Willow Belden 33581 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Chesapeake to discuss Converse County oil plans with community OSHA proposes flame-resistant clothing requirement near rigs http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/osha-proposes-flame-resistant-clothing-requirement-near-rigs <p>The Wyoming Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing a rule that would require workers to wear flame-resistant clothing within 75 feet of an oil and gas well bore.<br>&nbsp;<br>The agency is taking public comments on the proposal and will hold a public hearing on Oct. 5 in Casper.<br><br>John Robitaille, of the Petroleum Association of Wyoming, says industry would welcome the rule since many already follow it now.<br>&nbsp;<br>But Robitaille says some companies would rather use the special clothing on an as-needed basis.</p> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 21:54:00 +0000 The Associated Press 28915 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org OSHA proposes flame-resistant clothing requirement near rigs Work underway to plug gas leak near Douglas http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/work-underway-plug-gas-leak-near-douglas <p>The Wyoming Oil and Gas Commission says that workers from Chesapeake energy are making progress in trying to control a gas leak near Douglas.&nbsp; Commission Supervisor Tom Doll says that efforts will continue through the weekend.</p> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 22:07:49 +0000 Irina Zhorov 23246 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Work underway to plug gas leak near Douglas