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.
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.
A Cheyenne businessman is the fifth Republican to announce his candidacy for Secretary of State. Ed Murray owns a real estate and investment company and wants to use his business experience to update the office of Secretary of State. Among his goals are to make the position more business friendly.
Draft results of a hydrogeologic study in Laramie County indicate that water is being used at different rates, in different parts of the county.
The State Engineer’s office undertook the study because of water shortages in the area. They wanted to find out why water levels have been declining, and whether the drawdowns are equally bad everywhere.
State Engineer Pat Tyrrell says what they’ve found so far is somewhat reassuring.
“It does appear that most of the drawdown issues are localized,” Tyrrell said. “And that’s a good result to know.”
The Natural Resources Conservation Service is trying to reduce energy consumption on farms in Laramie County.
Jim Pike is the district conservationist for the NRCS. He says many farms in the area have old, inefficient irrigation equipment that uses so much power it can overload the electrical grid.
“In 2012, the rural electric company had to bring portable, truck-mounted generators that were powered by diesel motors to generate additional electricity because they couldn’t keep up with it in their normal infrastructure,” Pike said.