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Wyoming energy plan being updated

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The last of six statewide meetings has been held on Gov. Matt Mead’s plan to boost Wyoming’s energy sector and protect the state’s natural resources and an update to the plan is expected to be released early next year, according to an official in Mead’s office. The plan was originally released in 2013 and included 47 energy, ...

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Park County cuts Marathon a break on office rent

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CODY, Wyo.  — Park County commissioners have given one of the world’s biggest oil companies a break on paying office space rent, citing the oil and gas industry’s financial woes because of low prices. At the company’s request, the commission provided Marathon Oil Corp. a two-year reprieve from the annual 2.4 percent rate hikes they typically demand of office tenants ...

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Longmont fracking ban appeal at Supreme Court crossroads

When it comes to whether the city of Longmont can ban hydraulic fracturing, the ball is in the state’s highest court. On Monday the Colorado Court of Appeals said the matter of whether Longmont’s voter-approved ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, interfered with the state’s interest in the oil and gas industry was better left up to the Colorado Supreme ...

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Mead not ready to comment on methane plan

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead says he’s reviewing the Obama administration’s plan to cut methane emissions from U.S. oil and gas production. The administration wants to cut methane from oil and gas drilling by 40 to 45 percent by 2025, compared to 2012 levels. It issued a rule that would require energy producers to find and repair leaks at ...

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Erie moves new fracking code along despite opposition from oil and gas industry

Erie’s Planning Commission on Wednesday recommended approval of a new set of guidelines for fracking operators in town, but not before catching heat from the oil and gas industry. In the past year, Erie has taken public input at various meetings from scores of residents upset with the spike in drilling in Erie, and specifically with its impact on noise, ...

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NM braces for methane rules

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New rules proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday to control methane emissions from oil and gas operations could have a huge impact in New Mexico. The EPA’s proposed regulations, to be finalized in 2016 after a year of public comment, would impose the nation’s first federal mandates on natural gas production to limit flaring and venting by ...

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Review of spill damage urged

SANTA FE — Five state lawmakers are urging members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation to pursue federal legislation that would mandate an independent review of the damage caused by 3 million gallons of mine waste spilling into a tributary of the Animas River and possibly provide financial compensation for affected communities and individuals. In a letter sent Tuesday, the five ...

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Bureau of Land Management to offer more than 100 parcels for lease for oil and gas

Colorado’s Bureau of Land Management’s quarterly competitive oil and gas lease sale is scheduled for 9 a.m. Nov. 2 at the Colorado State Office in Lakewood. The BLM will offer 19 parcels totaling 10,050 acres within the Royal Gorge Field Office and 102 United States Forest Service parcels totaling 19,487 acres within the Pawnee National Grassland, according to a Monday ...

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