Vital Statistics

• None reported.

• None reported.


• None reported.

• None reported.

• July 2 11:51 a.m. West River Rd.

• July 2 5:45 p.m. U.S. 16.

Law Enforcement report for: July 2-3:
• July 2 1:48 p.m. Dirty Sally’s, Ten Sleep. Accident reported, no injuries.
• July 2 2:56 p.m. U.S. 16 MP 13. Citation issued.
• July 2 4:31 p.m. N. 15th St. Accident reported, no injuries.
• July 2 5:31 p.m. Law Enforcement Center. Harassment reported.
• July 2 5:39 p.m. ANB Bank. Suspicious person reported.
• July 2 7:20 S. Flat Road. Harassment reported.

Worland temperatures: High 95, Low 58 Precipitation: 0.00
Independence Day: Sunny, with a high near 94. Calm wind becoming northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. Calm wind becoming west around 6 mph after midnight.
Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. North wind 5 to 11 mph.
Sunday Night: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.
Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 81. East southeast wind 5 to 8 mph becoming north northeast in the afternoon.
Monday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57.
Sunset tonight: 8:58 p.m.
Sunrise tomorrow: 5:35 a.m.

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DAILY NEWS/Ryan Mitchel Collins
Petroleum Engineer Frank Sanders and Natural Resource Specialist Darci Stafford stand in front of an oil well east of Worland near Rattlesnake road. Both Sanders and Stafford work for the BLM field office in Worland.

BLM Worland Field Office manages oil and gas production in four counties

By Ryan Mitchel Collins
Staff Writer

Worland — If you ever make the drive between Ten Sleep and Worland at night, you will notice just how many pump jacks there are by their distinctive flarestacks lighting up the night.
Wyoming had an estimated $11,110,200 in economic output in 2013 in oil and gas production, according to the Bureau of Land Management.
With such a staggering fiscal number some may wonder just how the Big Horn Basin contributes to that figure.
Darci Stafford, a BLM natural resource specialist, and Frank Sanders, a petroleum engineer, discussed how the Worland BLM Field Office helps facilitate oil and gas production in the region.
“We have some of the oldest fields in the area,” said Sanders. “A long time ago they were operating under mining laws, so they’re on a sliding scale depending on how much production comes from a lease. It can be anywhere from 9 percent royalty to the government up to fifteen percent or even more. But now pretty much the standard is 12.5 percent royalties.”
There is an estimated 4,000 oil wells in the Big Horn Basin area, with not much natural gas production, according to Sanders and Stafford. The two main oil fields to the east of Worland are the Cottonwood Creek units and the Nowater Creek units.
Sanders said, “I’ll clarify what a unit is. After the leasing process, you have a lot of leases by each other. With the state spacing rules you can have one well for 40 acres. Whenever you form a unit, an operator goes out and drills a well, and then an exploratory well. And if they find oil and gas there in significant quantities then they’re able to do more drilling in these areas. They can logically tie a lot of these leases together because you can say that if you get oil here, and you have oil there, there must be oil in-between. If there are different federal leases in that area, then you can put them all together. Then you don’t have to keep the production separate, you can put it all together so you’re able to centralize production facilities and that kind of reduces the surface impact.”
She added, “It also helps the operators produce at a more economic rate because you don’t have to have all these different production facilities, all these different roads. You could just have maybe one main road and pipelines that lead to a central facility. That reduces the visual impact of the oil and gas fields. This increases the overall public sentiment that they can walk out into public lands and not have this huge oil and gas impact.”

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Enzi: Time to shift power back into states' hands

Washington, D.C. – States and businesses face thousands of rules, regulations and unfunded mandates from the federal government every year, unfortunately, they have few options to fight back.
Recently U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., introduced a constitutional amendment to redistribute power to states. Enzi’s resolution would give states the authority to repeal any federal regulation or law, which would provide states with the ability to act in the best interest of their citizens.
“States and businesses are often faced with the burden of complying with one-size-fits-all federal regulations. When federal mandates hurt states and local economies, there are few options to help resolve the problem other than the backlogged court system,” said Enzi. “This amendment stands up for states’ rights and gives them another option to find solutions to regulatory problems. Ultimately, the states know what is best for them and it is time to shift the power back into the states’ hands.
“Even when federal regulations may have good intentions, they can create situations in which they cause more harm than good.”
Enzi’s amendment would allow federal laws and regulations to be repealed if two-thirds of states — 34 in total — pass a resolution to do so. The two-thirds requirement acts as a safeguard to ensure that any repeal has a true bipartisan consensus and that the impact of truly burdensome federal laws and regulations are not left to the courts.

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