Powder River Basin Resource Council

A measure to clarify state and federal regulatory roles regarding TerraPower’s planned Natrium nuclear power plant passed a Senate committee Monday with no opposing votes. But members of the public highlighted several issues that remain largely unresolved in the bill. The Senate Minerals, Business...
Lawmakers have relegated few energy bills to the cutting room floor so far this budget session as they continue to prioritize measures they hope will help prolong coal-fired power, initiate commercial-scale carbon capture and provide relief to fossil fuel producers facing increases in federal...
CASPER — Wyoming will not see a federal oil and gas lease sale in the first quarter of 2022. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) told producers last year that it would “offer 195 parcels totaling about 179,001 acres in an oil and gas lease sale in the first quarter of calendar year 2022,” in...
Feds: We’ll find ‘right fit’ for Wyoming coal community grant proposals   By Dustin Bleizeffer, WyoFile.com   Wyoming communities bracing for coal production downturns and coal-fired power plant closures will receive support from assorted federal “revitalization” grant programs, despite being shut...

Jill Morrison of the Powder River Basin Resource Council and rancher Kenny Clabaugh discuss the impacts of coal-bed methane gas on ranching operations in the Powder River Basin in 2006. (Photo by Dustin Bleizeffer, WyoFile.com)

Study: Up to 144 years for aquifers to recover from methane gas development   By Dustin Bleizeffer, WyoFile.com   The coal-bed methane gas boom that dotted northeast Wyoming with rigs and workers in the 2000s and left a legacy of bankruptcies and orphaned wells will also have lingering impacts on...
FROM WYOFILE:    Staff turnover, recruitment challenges hit state’s environmental agency   By Dustin Bleizeffer, wyofile.com   Wyoming’s Department of Environmental Quality, which oversees the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act and many other environmental laws that guide mining, landfills, refineries...

This image of Alkali Creek shows flows downstream of the Frenchie Draw oil and gas field discharge point in October 2021, according to the image title. The Powder River Basin Resource Council obtained this and other public records through a request to Wyoming DEQ. (Photo by Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality)

After exceeding pollution limits, oilfield operator seeks relaxed permit   Angus M. Thuermer Jr., wyofile.com   After an energy company at the troubled Moneta Divide gas- and oilfield discharged more pollution than allowed under a 2020 permit, Wyoming is poised to change that permit to remove...
Taxes on drilling could rise   By Nicole Pollack Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange   CASPER — Taxes on oil and gas drilling on federal lands could go up for the first time in a century, the Department of the Interior said Friday.  On Jan. 27, President Joe Biden signed an executive...
Showdown over regional haze could shut down coal unit   By Dustin Bleizeffer, WyoFile.com   PacifiCorp could be forced to shut down one of four coal-burning units at the Jim Bridger power plant at year’s end unless it is granted more time to comply with federal haze standards, according to...
FROM WYOFILE:    Ratepayer liability for coal carbon capture limited to 2%   By Dustin Bleizeffer, WyoFile.com   Public utilities that add carbon capture technology to coal-fired power plants in Wyoming may increase rates by a maximum 2% to cover the cost, according to rule revisions the Wyoming...

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