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Mine clean-up financing may be poised for an upgrade

By Dustin Bleizeffer, WyoFile Mine operators in Wyoming may soon have another financial tool to help them meet reclamation obligations as coal bankruptcies are making traditional bonding options more expensive and difficult to rely on. The...
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Report: Wyoming oil and gas outlook positive heading into 2022

Wyoming’s energy economy appears to be recovering from the 2020 downturn sooner than expected, according to a recently released report from the Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS). Oil production reportedly improved by 31 percent with...

Environmental agency shuns watchdog, citing critical news story

By Angus M. Thuermer Jr., WyoFile The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality canceled a meeting with a watchdog group in December after a news story cited the group’s criticism of a pending pollution permit and...

Energy commodity prices increased by 59% in 2021, EIA reports

By Bethany Blankley, The Center Square The prices of energy, crude and gasoline all increased in 2021 from 2020, the U.S. Energy Information Agency reports. Prices increased because of higher demand and a range of...

CarbonSAFE Project advances with second underground carbon storage test well at Dry Fork

Core samples from a second deep test well nearing completion at Dry Fork Station reportedly show the ground beneath the station is suitable for underground carbon storage, the Wyoming CarbonSAFE Project announced last week. Storing...
Jim Bridger Power Plant

PacifiCorp continues to run coal unit with federal approval in limbo

By Dustin Bleizeffer, WyoFile PacifiCorp continues to operate unit 2 at the Jim Bridger coal-fired power plant despite running afoul of a federal regional haze permit — an infraction some believed would force a Jan. 1...
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Petroleum group says there’s a better road funding solution than 15-cent fuel tax hike

By Elyse Kelly, The Center Square A bill that would raise Wyoming’s fuel tax by 15 cents to fund road repairs recently advanced in a legislative committee, but some think there’s a better solution. Forwarded by...

Bishop Road relocation to free up 74 million tons of coal

The Campbell County Commissioners on Tuesday said yes to the beginning phase of moving Bishop Road just southeast of the city limits for a wealth of near-future mining. It would pave the way for Eagle Specialties Materials LLC and Peabody Energy Corp. to mine...
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Opinion: Coal communities need leadership, not finger-pointing from officials

Opinion by Kerry Drake, WyoFile Wyoming officials can rant and cuss about the federal government’s coal policies as loudly and as angrily as they want, but it won’t change one fundamental fact: They have failed...

Wyoming’s GDP shrank significantly in 2020, worst year since 1986

By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily (this story originally appeared on Cowboy State Daily) Last year was the worst for Wyoming’s economic growth since 1986 due to the COVID pandemic, a Bureau of Economic Analysis said. Wyoming’s...