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Wyoming sage grouse conservation bank system announced

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A new way to protect sage grouse, called a conservation bank, will allow energy developers and others to offset their use of the birds’ habitat by arranging for it to be protected and in some cases improved elsewhere in the state. Under the system to be formally announced Wednesday in Cheyenne, anybody wanting to develop sage grouse ...

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Hundreds turn out for Mick McMurry memorial in Casper

CASPER, Wyo. — Hundreds of people gathered in Casper on Tuesday for a memorial service for Wyoming businessman and philanthropist Mick McMurry. Speakers remembered McMurry, 69, as a fun-loving, good-natured entrepreneur who donated millions of dollars to improve his home state, according to the Casper Star-Tribune. Among those who spoke at the Casper Events Center were Gov. Matt Mead, University ...

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Opposition voiced at setback hearing

For months now, proposed fuel operation setbacks—a minimum distance between properties and oil and gas operations— have appeared repeatedly as a hotly-debated topic in Wyoming. A proposal from the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (WOGCC) would boost setbacks from their current required distance of 350 feet to 500 feet, while other interest groups such as the Powder River Basin ...

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More bids sought for plugging Wyoming coal-bed methane wells

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is about to solicit another round of bids to plug and clean up abandoned coal-bed methane wells, with an eye toward that work picking up once the weather warms up. “We’ve identified what we want to do this year as far as packages geographically. We put a list of wells together, ...

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Weld County-area lawmakers look toward the second half of Colorado’s legislative session

Less than two months remain in this year’s Colorado legislative session, with the May 6 conclusion beginning to loom over lawmakers. The session hit its midpoint March 7 and local legislators have called it productive, with lawmakers working together on many issues. Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the first three bills of the session into law in late February, and another ...

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Zones may help with Laramie County water issues

CHEYENNE — The Laramie County Water Appropriation Committee is considering a plan that could tailor individual aquifer recharge measures to specific areas of the county. The committee is tasked with drafting a plan to combat the county’s depleting groundwater supply. It has the power to create water policy for the Laramie County Control Area. Established in 1981, the control area encompasses ...

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Mesa County says it may sue over Gunnison grouse listing

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.— The Mesa County commissioners say they might join other governments in suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for listing the Gunnison sage grouse as threatened. The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports commissioners approved a notice of intent to sue Monday. They say the listing wasn’t necessary. Officials say the notice doesn’t obligate them to sue but puts ...

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Flaring extension approved for 8 Cheyenne-area oil wells

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — State oil and gas regulators are allowing a company to continue flaring gas from eight oil wells in the Cheyenne area on the condition it provide regular updates on its efforts to end the flaring. The extension granted Tuesday by the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission allows Samson Energy to continue flaring until May. Flaring ...

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More distance proposed: Hearing on oil, gas well setbacks

CASPER, Wyo. — People are getting a chance to tell Wyoming regulators their thoughts about increasing the minimum distance required between homes and oil and gas wells. The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will hold a public hearing on the issue at 3 p.m. Monday. The commission proposes to increase from 350 to 500 feet the shortest allowable distance ...

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Colorado jobs OK during O&G budget cuts

jobs or job concept with business folder in office showing earnings concept

Nine major drilling companies in Colorado plan to cut their 2015 budget by about $2 billion, but the state’s diverse economy will likely keep the state afloat just fine, according to a Denver Post article. Eric Berglund, CEO of Upstate Colorado Economic Development in Greeley, offered an optimistic perspective for Colorado’s financial well-being: “Hotels and restaurants still look to be ...

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