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APRIL 15 - Chevron plans to buy Anadarko

CASPER — With a $33 billion cash and stock deal, Chevron’s planned acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum will create a new super major oil firm, with uncertain impacts in Wyoming, where Anadarko represents one of the largest players in the state’s... Full story

 By HEATHER RICHARDS    News    April 4, 2019

BLM approved drilling permits during shutdown

CASPER — Federal workers at the Bureau of Land Management approved 74 oil and gas drilling permits in Wyoming during the 35-day government shutdown earlier this year, according to a public records request submitted by a western environmental... Full story


Ozone levels puzzle officials

CASPER — Joel Bousman wasn’t sure if ozone would be a problem Friday, despite a warning from the state. The snow covered the sage brush and the wind was less than 10 miles per hour — both bad signs. On the other hand, it had been overcast most... Full story


Delegation criticizes oil, gas lease decision

CASPER — Wyoming’s congressional delegation on Thursday slammed a federal decision blocking oil and gas drilling on 500 square miles of Wyoming land pending a climate change impact analysis. The stay on drilling is the result of a lawsuit fi led... Full story


Cloud Peak faces delisting from Stock Exchange

CASPER — The New York Stock Exchange has warned one of Wyoming’s largest coal producers that it could be delisted, following consistent weak performance of the company’s stock.  Gillette-based Cloud Peak Energy’s common stock has been...


Wyoming personal income up thanks to oil industry

CASPER — A small contraction in mining activity in early summer dented the otherwise broad growth in Wyomingites’ personal income during the third quarter of the year, according to state economists. Personal income is the entire income...


Energy, tourism will be affected by climate change, report says

CASPER — Climate change will most directly affect Wyoming’s tourism and outdoor recreation industries — the state’s second largest source of revenue — according to a major government report. But perhaps the most vulnerable industry to...


Wyoming climbs out of bust

CASPER — The oil and gas industry continues to drive down unemployment rates in parts of Wyoming, though the state average remains higher than national numbers. The U.S. unemployment rate currently sits at 3.7 percent compared to Wyoming’s 4.2...


Commission weighs next step in gas flaring

CASPER — When state regulators noticed flaring in the gas fields of southern Wyoming recently, it was a matter of concern because Wyoming doesn’t allow burn-off from gas wells. But the story of flaring in the gas fields is complicated, posing a...


Report: Wyoming counties owed $42M in unpaid mineral taxes

CASPER (AP) — Wyoming’s bust hit schools and counties particularly hard. Losses came from fewer students filling chairs, fewer shoppers in local stores and fewer workers in oil and gas fields and coal mines. But often overlooked during a budget...


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