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No new coal? Objections to Wyoming coal mine to be heard

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A state regulatory board plans to consider whether Wyoming’s first major new coal mine in decades should proceed despite the objections of two landowners. A subsidiary of Lexington, Kentucky-based Ramaco seeks to develop the Brook Mine north of Sheridan. The Wyoming Environmental Quality Council on Wednesday will discuss a possible order allowing Brook Mining Company to ...

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Bidder chosen to rebuild Wyoming town’s only gas station

FILE - In this May 8, 2015 file photo, gas station attendant Carlos Macar pumps gas in Andover, Mass. Gasoline is close to breaking below a key psychological barrier as drivers enjoy some of the cheapest pump prices since the recession. The nationwide average price of a gallon of regular Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015 was $2.02, down 58 cents from this time last year, according to auto club AAA. Experts say it could drop below $2 in the coming days. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The tiny town of Chugwater in southeast Wyoming has awarded a bid to bring back the only gasoline for miles around. Alex Cadar’s $400,000 bid to rebuild on the site of the Horton’s Corner convenience store includes a promise through the federal Community Development Block Grant program to hire around 18 people when the store opens, ...

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US to consider sharp hike in royalties on coal

US to consider sharp hike in royalties on coal

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Royalty rates on coal extracted from massive strip mines on public lands could increase 50 percent under a pending overhaul of a U.S. government program that critics say contributes to climate change, documents released Thursday show. The royalty hike was contained in an Interior Department notice providing the first outlines of a planned three-year evaluation of ...

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Wyoming pulls permits for abandoned experimental methane wells

Wyoming pulls permits for abandoned experimental methane wells

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming officials have revoked state permits for hundreds of abandoned coal-bed methane wells that were part of an experiment some hoped would reverse a bust in coal-bed methane. The 413 wells in Campbell County now are a long list of wells the state plans to plug and clean up over several years. The Wyoming Department of ...

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Wyoming-Montana delegation hopes to warm those cool on coal

GILLETTE, Wyo. — A delegation of Wyoming and Montana state lawmakers and others are looking to highlight the economic importance of opening ports to export U.S. coal to Asian markets and counter arguments against the ports during a trip to Washington. “We hope to have a broader conversation about why these terminals are important not only to Washington state, but ...

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With little drilling, Wyoming oil surge not expected to last

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming’s oil industry saw an odd divergence last summer: Oil production soared to a 23-year high while drilling for new oil fell to a 16-year low. Experts say the trend can’t last. They say with little new drilling, it’s just a matter of time before oil production follows suit and declines, too. And they warn Wyoming’s ...

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Judge blocks federal oil, gas drilling rules pending lawsuit

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A judge has blocked new nationwide regulations for oil and gas drilling on federal lands while a lawsuit moves forward. The order Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl in Casper, Wyoming, means the already postponed rules might not take effect for years, even if they’re ultimately upheld. The federal government announced the rules in March. ...

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Interior Dept.: High-risk oil, gas wells checks lack funding

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management lacks sufficient resources to inspect high-risk oil and gas wells on federal land as a drilling boom continues in Wyoming, Colorado and other states, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Tuesday. The Obama administration has proposed a fee on oil and gas drillers that would allow the land management agency to hire ...

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Report: 34 killed on job in Wyoming in 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo.— A higher-than-average number of workers died on the job in Wyoming last year. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services said Tuesday 34 people died at work in Wyoming last year. That’s up from 26 in 2013 and close to the recent high of 35 fatalities in 2012. Wyoming has been averaging 30 deaths on the job since 2008. ...

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