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Public News Service - WY: Energy Policy

The Colorado River, currently enduring a 17-year drought, supplies drinking water to some 40 million people and drives $1.4 trillion in economic activity across seven states. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming lawmakers heard arguments on Friday for contributing some $73 million toward a dam project in the southwestern part of the state. Water developers say a 280-foot-tall dam on the West Fork of Battle Creek would ultimately contribute an equal amount in public benefits,

Wyoming's sagebrush sea is home to the iconic bird known for its bold mating rituals, as well as elk, pronghorn and golden eagles. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The Bureau of Land Management is taking public comments in Cheyenne Monday on potential changes to sage grouse habitat protection plans finalized under the Obama administration. The Trump administration's efforts could pave the way for more oil and gas development. Gov. Ma

The BLM has been asked to quantify how much CO2 would be released by mining projects in its Environmental Impact Statements. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – At least 30 coal workers could get to keep their jobs after a U.S. District Court ruled this week that Signal Peak Energy can continue operations near Billings, Mont. The decision allows Signal to mine 170,000 tons of coal, but the company can't move it or sell it until the B

In the time since Jonah Energy started inspecting for and repairing leaks, methane emissions dropped by 75 percent and the company saved $5 million worth of natural gas. (Getty Images)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – As the Trump administration makes good on its promises to roll back protections in the energy sector, mineral-rights owners are looking to state governments to help save royalty earnings from natural-gas reserves. Maggie McKenzie, a land and mineral-rights owner in southeast

Mule deer herds have declined by 40 percent around the heavily developed gas fields near Pinedale. (Getty Images)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- With hunting season just around the corner, the sportswomen's group Artemis is making the case that keeping habitat viable for the greater sage grouse also will be good for mule deer populations. The group's new report, "Living on Common Ground," co-produced with the National Wil

Clearing federal permitting hurdles is a big challenge for delivering Wyoming's renewable energy to markets across state lines. (Getty Images)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming is again at a crossroads when it comes to helping the nation meet its energy needs, according to an investigative report by the Casper Star Tribune. Reporter Heather Richards, who interviewed state and industry leaders along with academic experts, found demand for Wy

On Wednesday, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke lifted a moratorium on new coal leases, but only 38 percent of Trump voters think coal should be a priority. (Gage_Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- President Donald Trump's energy policies, promising a new era of job creation by shoring up fossil fuels, could put the brakes on renewable energy - the energy sector's largest job creator. Connie Wilbert, president of the Sierra Club's Wyoming chapter, points to new analysis of

The U.S. Senate could vote to reverse BLM methane-waste standards for drilling on public lands as early as next week. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A recent Ozone Action Day warning by the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality is among the reasons conservative groups are standing up for new Bureau of Land Management standards aimed at limiting natural gas waste on public lands. The rule directing the oil and gas i

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