Wells drilled in the Niobrara shale in southeastern Wyoming aren’t producing nearly as much oil as some had expected. But Anadarko Petroleum, one of the big oil companies exploring the shale, expressed nothing but optimism at a Business Expo in Cheyenne Tuesday.
A legislative panel has signed off on a plan that could remove federal protections from gray wolves in Wyoming as early as next year. Sen. Bruce Burns says the Joint Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Interim Committee approved the plan on Tuesday.
Burns says the panel was unanimous in recommending that the Legislature approve Wyoming's wolf-management plan when it convenes in February. Gov. Matt Mead and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar agreed this summer to classify wolves in most of Wyoming as predators that could be shot on sight.
Residents of a central Wyoming community will be looking to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for more answers Wednesday to their questions about pollution in their water wells. The EPA has scheduled a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. to present its latest data on groundwater pollution in the Pavillion area in Fremont County. The meeting will take place at Wind River Middle/High School in Pavillion. Some residents blame gas drilling for polluting their water wells with hydrocarbons although any such link has yet to be
James Barrett, a federal appeals court judge and former Wyoming Attorney General, died today. He was 89. Barrett was an army veteran, earned his law degree at the University of Wyoming, and was appointed attorney general in 1967. Several years later, President Richard Nixon appointed him to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Gov. Matt Mead knew Barrett personally and described him as “a friend, who with common sense and compassion, set an example as a judge and a citizen. ” A vigil will be held for Barrett at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Cheyenne at 8 p.m. on Friday.