energy http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en 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 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 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 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? How Will New EPA Rules Affect You? It's Complicated http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/how-will-new-epa-rules-affect-you-its-complicated <p>The Obama administration said Monday that it intends to aggressively reduce carbon-dioxide emissions, or greenhouse gas pollution, produced in the United States. To boost these ambitions, the White House will partner with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to enforce varying rules state-by-state to be carried out by power plants that produce the gases.</p><p>If successfully implemented, the regulations will deliver a 30 percent decrease in carbon emissions by 2030.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 18:28:42 +0000 Dan Boyce 59269 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org How Will New EPA Rules Affect You? It's Complicated New Greenhouse Gas Regulations Target Power Plants http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-greenhouse-gas-regulations-target-power-plants <p>The predicted effects of&nbsp;continuing to pump carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at current rates&nbsp;range from dramatic sea level rise to extreme weather to famine and drought. Power plants are among the largest carbon dioxide emitters, and on June 2, the Obama administration is scheduled to release new rules regulating those emissions. Utilities and trade groups are already warning those rules will have some dire consequences of their own.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 22:52:21 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 59130 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New Greenhouse Gas Regulations Target Power Plants Shift To Carbon Use Marks New Frontier In Fight Against Climate Change http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/shift-carbon-use-marks-new-frontier-fight-against-climate-change <p>The Obama administration wants states to cutback on carbon emissions, but doing that has always been a thorny problem. While carbon is a byproduct of almost everything we do, capturing and storing it is expensive. For years, the goal has been to figure out how to make that process cheaper, but more recent efforts take a different approach, with the focus shifting from storing carbon to using it.<br /><br />On a recent spring morning, Karen Wawrousek led a tour of her lab at the Western Research Institute, on the outskirts of Laramie.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 22:13:35 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 59125 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Shift To Carbon Use Marks New Frontier In Fight Against Climate Change Industry Is Concerned About New EPA Standards http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/industry-concerned-about-new-epa-standards <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">New regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants are due out at the beginning of next month and industry is warning that they could have a devastating impact on the economy.</span><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;">&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-heig Tue, 20 May 2014 17:18:24 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 58572 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Industry Is Concerned About New EPA Standards Wyoming Looks To Be An LNG Leader http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-looks-be-lng-leader <p>A report says that Wyoming is well positioned to be a leader in the liquefied natural gas industry or LNG for what are called high horsepower industries.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 15:31:32 +0000 Bob Beck 58209 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Looks To Be An LNG Leader 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 Barrasso and GOP May Derail Bipartisan Energy Bill http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/barrasso-and-gop-may-derail-bipartisan-energy-bill <p>Next week the U-S Senate is expected to have a debate on a bipartisan bill aimed at increasing energy efficiency in the U-S, but it could get derailed by an oil pipeline in the Midwest. Matt Laslo has the story from Washington on Wyoming Senator John Barrasso's role in the ongoing debate.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 22:03:47 +0000 Matt Laslo 57748 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Barrasso and GOP May Derail Bipartisan Energy Bill Linc Energy Charged With Causing Environmental Harm In Australia http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/linc-energy-charged-causing-environmental-harm-australia <p>A company proposing to open an underground coal gasification demonstration site in Wright has been charged with environmental violations in Australia. &nbsp;The charges could cost the company over two million dollars per violation.</p><p>Underground coal gasification involves igniting coal seams deep underground to produce syngas, which can then be processed into various liquid fuels or other chemicals. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>What exactly the environmental harm is has not yet been revealed.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:37:32 +0000 Irina Zhorov 56828 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Linc Energy Charged With Causing Environmental Harm In Australia 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 Oil And Gas Producer Fined For Late Production Reports http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/oil-and-gas-producer-fined-late-production-reports <p>The federal Office of Natural Resources Revenue, or ONRR, has fined a Wyoming oil and gas producer $204,362 for not submitting timely production reports for its federal leases. Matrix Production Company was issued two notices of noncompliance before ONRR levied the penalties. ONRR spokesman, Patrick Etchart, says the production reports are used to keep companies in check.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:17:36 +0000 Irina Zhorov 56227 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Oil And Gas Producer Fined For Late Production Reports 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 Wright Residents Wary Of Proposed Coal Gasification Project http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wright-residents-wary-proposed-coal-gasification-project <p>It was standing room only at the Wright Public Library last night as residents packed into a hearing about a nearby project that would burn coal seams underground to produce synthesis gas or syngas.</p><p>Linc Energy’s proposed underground coal gasification project has been in the works for years, but from the public testimony, many Wright residents were hearing about it for the first time. And they had lots of questions about the process, which has never been developed commercially.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 18:40:25 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 55956 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wright Residents Wary Of Proposed Coal Gasification Project Wyoming Looks To Do More Than Transport Minerals http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-looks-do-more-transport-minerals <p>Governor Matt Mead and a handful of Wyoming legislators are excited about an idea that they hope will create more jobs in the state and finally do something locally with the minerals and other sources of energy that the state harvests.&nbsp; Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 22:23:17 +0000 Bob Beck 55688 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Looks To Do More Than Transport Minerals Scientists Launch Campaign To Sway Climate Change Debate http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/scientists-launch-campaign-sway-climate-change-debate <p>The country’s largest scientific society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is launching <a href="http://whatweknow.aaas.org/">a public awaren</a><a href="http://whatweknow.aaas.org/">ess campaign</a> about climate change.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 00:22:59 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 55574 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Scientists Launch Campaign To Sway Climate Change Debate 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 Coalbed Methane Extraction Altered Water Quality In Powder River, Study Finds http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/coalbed-methane-extraction-altered-water-quality-powder-river-study-finds <p>A U.S. Geological Survey study shows that coalbed methane development has changed the chemistry of the surface water in parts of the Powder River. CBM wastewater was often discharged directly or indirectly into the stream. &nbsp;</p><p>The study analyzed three decades of data and determined that after extraction activities, the water contained more sodium and bicarbonate, which are compounds commonly found in CBM wastewater.</p><p>Report author Steve Sando says high sodium levels can be bad for irrigation, but he says the concentrations in the Powder River are not alarmingly high.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 01:18:10 +0000 Willow Belden 54668 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Coalbed Methane Extraction Altered Water Quality In Powder River, Study Finds Wyoming Voters Prefer Mixed Approach To Energy http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-voters-prefer-mixed-approach-energy <p>According to a new report, Wyoming voters are more likely to vote for candidates who support using public lands for more than just oil and gas development.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 00:53:17 +0000 Jordan Giese 54614 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Voters Prefer Mixed Approach To Energy Senate Approves Bonding Bill http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/senate-approves-bonding-bill <p>With no debate the Wyoming Senate gave final approval to a bill that would raise bonding for oil and gas drillers seeking access to surface land they don't own.&nbsp;<br /><br />The current bond is $2,000. The bill is attempting to raise that to $10,000, partly in an effort to encourage operators to negotiate&nbsp;surface use agreements with&nbsp;landowners.<br /> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 00:57:07 +0000 Bob Beck 54503 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Senate Approves Bonding Bill Increased Coal, Oil Shipments Tax Rail Network http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/increased-coal-oil-shipments-tax-rail-network <p>Increasing volumes of coal and oil being shipped to the Pacific Northwest are putting pressure on rail capacity in the region, according <a href="http://heavytrafficahead.org/pdf/Heavy-Traffic-Still-Ahead-web.pdf" target="_blank">a new report</a> from the Western Organization of Resource Councils.<br /> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 00:54:28 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 54386 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Increased Coal, Oil Shipments Tax Rail Network Coal Mining Jobs Continue To Drop http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/coal-mining-jobs-continue-drop <p>Employment in Wyoming's coal mining sector has fallen 6 percent in the past year. The latest data from June 2013 shows there were 425 less jobs than in June 2012.</p><p></p><p>Coal production has slumped nationwide, and&nbsp;taken jobs along with it, but Wyoming is faring better than other coal producing regions. Nationwide the sector has lost significantly more jobs as mines closed or reduced their capacity.</p><p>Wyoming Department of Workforce Services senior economist David Bullard, says so far, there haven't been many layoffs in the state.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 00:01:45 +0000 Irina Zhorov 54269 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Coal Mining Jobs Continue To Drop Energy Items Considered In State Budget Bill http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/energy-items-considered-state-budget-bill <p>Wyoming lawmakers are voting on the state budget this week and are considering proposals to strengthen the energy industry in the state.</p><p></p><p><br />15 million dollars is proposed for a facility to study the capture, sequestration, and management of carbon emissions from a coal fired power plant.&nbsp; Senator Jim Anderson of Glenrock says it’s important to the future of Wyoming Coal.</p><p>“Perhaps bring Wyoming into a new era and it would certainly in regard to our reliance on coal and other things that are carbon based be a blessing if in fact we could do this.”</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 00:21:53 +0000 Bob Beck 54220 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Energy Items Considered In State Budget Bill Mining Association Director Says Coal's Future Is Bright http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mining-association-director-says-coals-future-bright <p>Wyoming Mining Association Executive Director Marion Loomis says coal’s future is bright -- but that there’s a need for continued innovation -- both in extraction technology and emissions control.</p><p>“We’ve made such tremendous strides in reducing emission levels. We’ve increased coal production about 170 percent in this country in the last 20 years and reduced pollutants by over 85 percent,” says Loomis.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:13:00 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 54177 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mining Association Director Says Coal's Future Is Bright Coal Export Review To Include Powder River Basin http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/coal-export-review-include-powder-river-basin <p>Port facilities that would export Powder River Basin coal through the Pacific Northwest are continuing to move towards construction.</p><p>In separate decisions this week, Washington and Oregon both announced progress on permitting for coal export terminals in their respective states.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:53:15 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 54031 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Coal Export Review To Include Powder River Basin Wyoming Feels Propane Pinch http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-feels-propane-pinch <div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Along with much of the country, Wyoming has seen a dramatic spike in propane prices over the last six months, but industry observers say it should be short-lived. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 15:46:58 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 53920 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Feels Propane Pinch Megatons-to-Megawatts Program Ends http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/megatons-megawatts-program-ends <p>A program that recycled Russian nuclear weapons into fuel-grade uranium has run its course, and&nbsp;Wyoming Mining Association Director Marion Loomis says&nbsp;that may leave more room in the marketplace for Wyoming’s&nbsp;uranium.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 14:12:41 +0000 Melodie Edwards 53804 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Megatons-to-Megawatts Program Ends