Energy

Wyoming lawmakers are trying again to increase the state gasoline tax after a bill calling for the tax to be linked to the consumer price index failed to advance earlier this year. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports the state Legislature’s Joint Revenue Interim Committee on Tuesday approved sponsorship of a new bill that would raise…

Attorneys for Blackjewel say the bankrupt coal company continues to seek funding to reopen two large coal mines in Wyoming. The Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines have been closed since July 1. The Milton, West Virginia-based company is in Chapter 11 bankruptcy and hundreds of Wyoming miners are out of work. Eagle Butte and…

Governor Gordon on Tuesday expressed his support for proposed changes to rules governing oil and gas drilling permits–following through with a commitment he made to address the issue during the 2019 Legislative Session. On Tuesday–the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission released a proposed rule intended to provide a “level playing field” for all operators…

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that two Wyoming mines closed and sent 700 workers home on Monday afternoon after their owner filed for bankruptcy. Blackjewel LLC–which operates Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines near Gillette, sent the workers home after a bank denied the company $20 million in financing to continue operations during bankruptcy proceedings–CEO Jeffery…

Wyoming officials say they may extend a $1.5 million state grant for a coal-research facility. Energy Capital Economic Development requested an extension several months ago. The company plans to use the 2017 grant to develop a center for research into turning coal into a range of products with commercial and industrial uses. The Gillette News-Record…

Two companies are proposing a $1.6 billion pipeline to move North Dakota crude oil, making it the biggest such project to move oil out of the state since the Dakota Access pipeline that sparked violent clashes between protesters and law enforcement in 2016 and 2017. Houston-based Phillips 66 and Casper, Wyoming-based Bridger Pipeline announced the…

Governor Mark Gordon expressed his displeasure at Rocky Mountain Power’s coal study. This study is not a final decision, but the utility that operates in Wyoming and other Western states is continuing to examine the early retirement of coal-fired power units in Lincoln and Sweetwater counties. Those power plants employ hundreds of people as do…

The Thermopolis Independent Record reports that the US Environmental Protection Agency has joined other agencies in asking for an extension for public comments and public meetings regarding the proposed Aethon Energy Operating permit that would allow dumping of produced water and solids into Boysen Reservoir. The letters, sent to the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality…

Federal officials say they are ready to proceed with scheduled oil and gas lease sales despite arguments by environmental groups that public comments haven’t been fully reviewed because of the recent government shutdown. The Casper Star-Tribune reports nearly 150,000 acres (61,000 hectares) of land in Wyoming is set to be put up for the first-quarter…

Federal numbers show Wyoming coal mines lost 137 employees last year amid declining demand for the fuel. The Casper Star-Tribune reports the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration says coal mines in the state produced 304 million tons (276 million metric tons) of coal in 2018, down by about 12 million tons (11 million metric…


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