Companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands will be required to disclose publicly the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations, the Obama administration said. But environmental groups said the proposal was weaker than last year’s plan.20May2013 | admin | 0 comments | Continued
The new policy calls for the Cowboy State to maintain its position as the top energy-exporting state while preserving its wild, scenic and pristine landscapes. Mead’s report outlines four priorities: Economic competitiveness, efficient regulation, natural resource conservation and developing new technologies.15May2013 | admin | 0 comments | Continued
In an assessment of oil-and-gas drilling in or near national parks, the National Parks Conservation Association found that Teton is suffering effects from well fields as far away as the Upper Green River Basin, a major natural gas development area.6May2013 | admin | 0 comments | Continued
The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission recently granted its approval for an oil and gas company to inject produced water into a part of the Madison formation that, by all accounts, contains relatively clean water.2May2013 | admin | 1 comment | Continued
Oil and gas extraction practices are permanently removing at least seven billion gallons of water from the hydrologic cycle each year in just four arid western states, according to a new report published by the Western Organization of Resource Councils.29Apr2013 | admin | 0 comments | Continued
A new poll of American and Canadian residents suggests
a majority in both countries–74% of Americans, 68% of Canadians–either support or “somewhat” support the controversial pipeline, which has been the target of intense opposition by environmentalist groups and key Democratic lawmakers.
Groups like Earthjustice and the Powder River Basin Resource Council argue that the separate chemicals used in the fracking process should be public information under the Wyoming Public Records Act.19Apr2013 | admin | 0 comments | Continued
Wyoming and out-of-state citizens and conservation groups rallied to buy out a series of oil and gas leases in the Wyoming Range late last year, but the fight to stop oil and gas exploration in the area is far from over.15Apr2013 | admin | 0 comments | Continued
The commission, by delaying definitive action for two years, also risked human health and the environment in Wyoming. Violations of our environmental protections are serious, and they demand action. Oil and gas operations can even operate within regulatory boundaries and still create hazards.15Apr2013 | admin | 0 comments | Continued
President Barack Obama’s latest proposal to use oil royalties to pay for research into alternative energy touched a nerve with Chris Faulkner, CEO of Dallas-based Breitling Oil & Gas. He sees this as government intervention, picking winners and losers, rather than letting the free market take its course.28Mar2013 | admin | 0 comments | Continued
The U.S. Department of Energy will increasingly focus dwindling energy-efficiency and renewable-energy funding on projects to make the nation’s manufacturing more energy efficient, and to develop energy technologies that can be built domestically, a senior DOE official said this week.28Mar2013 | admin | 0 comments | Continued
He said the only way to “break this cycle of spiking gas prices for good” is to find alternative sources of energy for vehicles. “We went through another spike in gas prices, just like last year, and the year before that. It happens every year. It’s a serious blow to your budget—like getting hit with a new tax coming right out of your pocket.”18Mar2013 | admin | 0 comments | Continued
Sponsors say the BREATHE Act would close a loophole in the Clean Air Act that currently allows the oil and gas industry to release large amounts of dangerous pollution into the air, and lists hydrogen sulfide as a hazardous air pollutant.15Mar2013 | admin | 0 comments | Continued
Each project will require large amounts of a certain precious resource — water. Water which may or may not be in some way related to what you drink. Each plan is sure to draw attention from people both in favor of and opposed to such development, especially when it could threaten present or future drinking water. Both sides are likely to throw out claims
about the water’s quality and potential as a drinking source.