natural gas 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 Fire At Opal Natural Gas Plant Extinguished http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/fire-opal-natural-gas-plant-extinguished <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The Williams company is working to get its natural gas processing plant in Opal back up and running after an explosion and fire shut it down last week. The fire burned for five days, finally running out of fuel on Monday afternoon. Thu, 01 May 2014 15:50:46 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 57658 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Fire At Opal Natural Gas Plant Extinguished Opal Remains Evacuated After Explosion At Gas Plant http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/opal-remains-evacuated-after-explosion-gas-plant <p>UPDATE 04/24 12:45pm: The evacuation order has been lifted, residents are being allowed to return to their homes.&nbsp;</p><p>Original story:</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:44:14 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 57317 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Opal Remains Evacuated After Explosion At Gas Plant Opal Evacuated After Explosion At Nearby Gas Plant http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/opal-evacuated-after-explosion-nearby-gas-plant <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">A town in southwest Wyoming has been evacuated after an explosion at a nearby natural gas processing plant. The explosion at the Williams plant near Opal happened around 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. Lincoln County Emergency Management spokesman Stephen Malik said that as of 4 p.m. there was still an ongoing fire, but that gas has been shut off to the facility. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:49:45 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 57288 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Opal Evacuated After Explosion At Nearby Gas Plant 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 Encana Sells Wyoming Natural Gas Field http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/encana-sells-wyoming-natural-gas-field <p></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:15:46 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 56130 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Encana Sells Wyoming Natural Gas Field 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 Wyoming Senators Want To Reduce The Time It Takes To Permit Pipelines http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-senators-want-reduce-time-it-takes-permit-pipelines <p>U.S. Senators John Barrasso and Mike Enzi have introduced a bill to reduce permitting timelines for natural gas pipelines on federal and Indian lands.</p><p>Barrasso says the Natural Gas Gathering Enhancement Act will help reduce flaring of natural gas at well sites not currently connected to pipelines.&nbsp; He notes that North Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming flare a lot of natural gas because well sites often are not connected to pipelines&nbsp;</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 00:55:15 +0000 Irina Zhorov 55251 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Senators Want To Reduce The Time It Takes To Permit Pipelines Natural Gas Producers Savor Price Spike http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/natural-gas-producers-savor-price-spike <p>Natural gas prices hit a 5-year high this week in response to news that another bout of extreme cold weather will hit the Northeast and Midwest in coming days. Previous cold snaps this winter have led to record consumption of natural gas, which in turn has drawn down reserves. In response, prices have climbed more than 40 percent since the beginning of the year, reaching over $6 per million BTU Wednesday.</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 00:23:05 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 54321 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Natural Gas Producers Savor Price Spike Mead Says Wyoming's Energy Future Must Balance Economy And Environment http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mead-says-wyomings-energy-future-must-balance-economy-and-environment <p>Governor Matt Mead and other elected officials made the case during a Jackson forum Wednesday that Wyoming's future depends on energy. They said that tapping state's energy resources, from coal to natural gas, is what pays the bills when it comes to building schools and other vital infrastructure.<br /><br />But the governor said that doesn't mean producing energy should come at the cost of the environment. And that impressed Paul Hansen, who moderated<br />the forum.<br /> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 14:47:11 +0000 Rebecca Huntington 53297 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mead Says Wyoming's Energy Future Must Balance Economy And Environment Compressed Natural Gas Station Coming To Teton County http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/compressed-natural-gas-station-coming-teton-county <p>Teton County&nbsp;drivers&nbsp;will soon be able to buy compressed natural gas at a filling station&nbsp;in Jackson.&nbsp;&nbsp;The State Loan and Investment Board&nbsp;granted&nbsp;$766,000&nbsp;towards the purchase&nbsp;of&nbsp;equipment&nbsp;for the project.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 01:16:22 +0000 Melodie Edwards 53284 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Compressed Natural Gas Station Coming To Teton County Natural Gas Production Soaring Nationwide http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/natural-gas-production-soaring-nationwide <p>The U.S. is inching into the number one spot for oil and gas production worldwide and natural gas advocates want President Obama to highlight the trend during Tuesday’s State of the Union address. The abundance of natural gas is due to technological advances - which unlocked previously inaccessible reserves - and low natural gas prices have made the energy source very competitive.</p><p>Dan Whitten, with America’s Natural Gas Alliance, says even if prices for natural gas go up the resource will still be able to compete with Wyoming’s coal.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 01:37:53 +0000 Irina Zhorov 53178 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Natural Gas Production Soaring Nationwide Pavillion Cistern Program To Receive Money For Water Delivery http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/pavillion-cistern-program-receive-money-water-delivery <p>Governor Matt Mead is committing $400,000 dollars for water delivery to households with cisterns in the Pavillion area. Residents have long complained of unusable well water, which some blame on nearby natural gas development. The money is part of a grant from Encana Oil and Gas, which operates in the Pavillion gas field.</p><p>19 cisterns are currently being installed, with another 13 households signed up.</p><p>The Governor’s Natural Resources Policy Advisor, Jerimiah Rieman, says residents will meet later this week to discuss how to use the money.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:55:35 +0000 Irina Zhorov 53174 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Pavillion Cistern Program To Receive Money For Water Delivery Oil and Gas Commission records lots of spills, but no fines in 2013 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/oil-and-gas-commission-records-lots-spills-no-fines-2013 <p></p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 01:17:50 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 52121 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Oil and Gas Commission records lots of spills, but no fines in 2013 Fire at compressor station sends 1 to hospital http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/fire-compressor-station-sends-1-hospital <p></p><p>A Christmas Day fire at a natural gas compressor station south of Riverton sent one worker to the hospital.</p><p>The East Alkali Butte station belongs to Texas-based Legacy Reserves. The company’s safety coordinator, Randy Williams, says the injured worker was a contractor. He was flown to a hospital in Salt Lake City for treatment.</p><p>Fremont County Fire Protection deputy chief Dan Oakley says by the time the department got on scene, the fire had been mostly extinguished. He says the building was still standing, but that the windows and doors had been blown out.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 00:32:20 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 51852 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Fire at compressor station sends 1 to hospital Feds predict coal-fired electricity on the decline http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/feds-predict-coal-fired-electricity-decline <p>The federal government is predicting that despite a recent uptick in consumption, coal will lose its dominance of the electricity market by 2030.</p><p></p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 00:02:45 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 51395 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Feds predict coal-fired electricity on the decline Nat. gas processing facility rejects alternative site in Converse County http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/nat-gas-processing-facility-rejects-alternative-site-converse-county <p>Frustrated landowners in Converse County sat down last week with a company that’s proposing to build a natural gas processing facility outside of Douglas to discuss alternative locations for the plant.</p><p>Crestwood Midstream Access’ plant would be situated in a largely agricultural area, and nearby ranchers have protested, saying it would be better to group it with existing industrial development.&nbsp;</p><p>But there are no land use regulations in Converse County, so rancher Art Nicholas proposed a trade: a parcel of his land south of the city in exchange for the site.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 01:44:50 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 50412 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Nat. gas processing facility rejects alternative site in Converse County Luca bankruptcy reveals bonding issues http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/luca-bankruptcy-reveals-bonding-issues <div><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Bankrupt methane farming company Luca Technologies is planning to walk away from its wells on federal lands in Wyoming without plugging them. The company and its subsidiaries have between four and five hundred wells on federal lands, and COO Brian Cree says it's unlikely there will be enough money to clean them up.</span></p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 00:49:35 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 49870 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Luca bankruptcy reveals bonding issues Report calls for better oversight of oil and gas production http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/report-calls-better-oversight-oil-and-gas-production <p>Current regulations are inadequate for monitoring and controlling oil and gas development, according to<a href="http://worc.org/userfiles/file/waterreddown.pdf"> a new report</a> from a coalition of western resource councils. In particular, the report focuses on the potential problems surrounding treatment and disposal of produced water, the contaminated water that's pulled up along with oil in the drilling process.<br /> Sat, 09 Nov 2013 00:25:56 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 49649 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Report calls for better oversight of oil and gas production Environmental group warns that "peak coal" is past http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/environmental-group-warns-peak-coal-past <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;">&nbsp;</div><div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Amid a slew of disappointing quarterly financial results from Powder River Basin coal companies, some groups are raising questions about the commodity’s long-term viability.</div><p><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="co Fri, 01 Nov 2013 15:43:43 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 49262 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Environmental group warns that "peak coal" is past Bill to tax natural gas flaring dies in committee http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/bill-tax-natural-gas-flaring-dies-committee <p>A legislative committee killed a bill Tuesday that would have taxed natural gas flaring from oil wells.<br /><br />When there isn’t pipeline or processing infrastructure available to move the natural gas, companies simply burn it. The draft bill would have required severance tax payments on gas flared more than 180 days after the well starts producing. Representative Michael Madden, one of two supporters of the bill, said the proposal wasn’t a tax increase, but rather the repeal of an exemption.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 00:45:12 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 49121 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Bill to tax natural gas flaring dies in committee Proposed natural gas plant kindles air quality concerns in Douglas http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/proposed-natural-gas-plant-kindles-air-quality-concerns-douglas <p>Douglas residents are concerned about emissions from a proposed natural gas processing plant on the outskirts of town. Texas-based Crestwood Midstream Partners’ Douglas facility would process 120 million cubic feet of raw natural gas per day. Residents wrote to the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, worried about carbon dioxide and formaldehyde emissions, among other things.<br /><br />Cole Anderson is in charge of Wyoming’s air quality permitting process. He says the DEQ &nbsp;has reviewed the company’s proposed emissions, and found them to meet state standards.<br /> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 22:54:44 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 48774 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Proposed natural gas plant kindles air quality concerns in Douglas Natural gas flaring in state improving, but still an issue http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/natural-gas-flaring-state-improving-still-issue <p>There are fewer companies flaring off natural gas today than there were six months ago. In March, the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission had 65 flaring authorizations. &nbsp;Members of the Legislatures Minerals Committee were told by Commission Supervisor Grant Black that now there is about half that number. He also said that companies generally request flaring permits when a compressor is down or there is no pipeline to get the gas to market and they&rsquo;re seeing much less of the latter.</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 00:12:33 +0000 Irina Zhorov 47547 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Natural gas flaring in state improving, but still an issue EPA unveils rules limiting carbon emissions from natural gas and coal power plants http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/epa-unveils-rules-limiting-carbon-emissions-natural-gas-and-coal-power-plants <p>The US Environmental Protection Agency has released a set of rules that would limit carbon dioxide emissions from coal and natural gas power plants. If finalized, the rules would be the first to set such a national standard. The rule caps carbon emissions from natural gas power plants at 1,000 pounds/megawatt hour and from coal power plants at 1,100 pounds.</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 23:12:26 +0000 Irina Zhorov 47263 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org EPA unveils rules limiting carbon emissions from natural gas and coal power plants Natural Gas producers are concerned about the future http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/natural-gas-producers-are-concerned-about-future <p>More than 500 industry people gathered in Jackson this week for the 17<sup>th</sup> Annual Wyoming Oil and Gas Fair. Wyoming Public Radio’s energy and natural resources reporter, Stephanie Joyce was there, and she joins us now to talk about the event.</p><p>BOB BECK: So, what are the biggest issues on the mind of Wyoming’s oil and gas industry right now?</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 22:40:46 +0000 Bob Beck & Stephanie Joyce 47258 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Natural Gas producers are concerned about the future Emissions measurements advance case for natural gas http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/emissions-measurements-advance-case-natural-gas <p>Natural gas’ reputation as a climate-friendly alternative to coal has been tarnished recently by concerns that methane—a potent greenhouse gas—is leaking in copious quantities as the fuel makes its way from the ground to the consumer. <a href="http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/09/10/1304880110.abstract">A study</a> released Monday provides the first on-the-ground measurements of methane leaks at&nbsp;hydraulically fractured natural gas well sites, and they're not as bad as some had feared.</p><p></p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 00:50:57 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 47013 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Emissions measurements advance case for natural gas 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 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 Report says coal exports may not be the solution for waning domestic market. http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/report-says-coal-exports-may-not-be-solution-waning-domestic-market <p>As demand for coal has dropped domestically, producers have turned to exports abroad as a way to make up for market losses at home. 2012 was a record year for coal exports out of the US.</p><p>The demand for coal in China and other Asian markets, has raised hopes for coal producers in the Powder River Basin. They’ve helped develop plans for expanded port facilities in the Northwestern US and some coal companies, including Arch Coal, have invested money in the proposed ports.</p> Tue, 28 May 2013 13:57:19 +0000 Irina Zhorov 41394 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Report says coal exports may not be the solution for waning domestic market. Energy group says fracking water report is sensational http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/energy-group-says-fracking-water-report-sensational <p></p><p></p><p>An energy group says a recently released report overstated issues of water use by the oil and gas industry. The Western Organization of Resource Councils released the report last month and said regulators need to consider the quantity of water the energy industry uses, in addition to the quality.</p><p></p> Thu, 09 May 2013 00:16:01 +0000 Irina Zhorov 40478 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Energy group says fracking water report is sensational