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Would you like fracked or non-fracked?

To take fracking away from the oil and gas industry would be like taking shovels away from coal miners. It doesn't make practical sense. Fighting to protect our health and our air, soil, land and wildlife shouldn't stifle the technology that provides us not only electricity and transportation fuels, but also the building blocks of laptops, iPhones and 7-ply tires.

Wyoming wind and coal need natural gas bridge

For more than 30 years, Wyoming leaders have professed the importance of adding value to the state’s mineral resources rather than simply exporting raw products — particularly coal. Companies have floated dozens of proposal for coal briquettes, coal-gasification for electrical export and coal-to-liquid fuels.The closest any have come to fruition (save for a few fits and starts in coal briquetting) is DKRW Advanced Fuels LLC’s Medicine Bow coal-to-gasoline plant, which began its first phase of construction last fall, according to the Rawlins Daily Times.

Gas industry pains over cost of coal

In its current rate increase request in Wyoming, Rocky Mountain Power is under scrutiny for having spent hundreds of millions of dollars in pollution controls for its fleet of coal-fired power plants — three of which are in Wyoming. The utility estimates it will spend an additional $1.3 billion over the next 10 years adding pollution controls to its multi-state coal-fleet.“The cost is approaching the cost of brand new power plants,” said Bob Pomeroy, a Holland & Hart attorney representing Wyoming Industrial Energy Consumers. “At some point, you have to ask the question; Do these investments make sense compared to alternatives?”

'Wild lands' bullet dodged, oil still spills in Wyoming

‘Wild lands’ bullet dodged, oil still spills in Wyoming

The Obama administration’s announcement this week to dump the so-called “wild lands policy” was not unexpected. The policy was already dead in April when the GOP successfully barred the Interior department …

Subsidy Cut Wasn't a Rig-Killer

Subsidy Cut Wasn’t a Rig-Killer

This week Wyoming’s congressional delegation cheered the demise of a bill that would have cut some tax breaks to the top five oil companies, a measure estimated to bring in $21 billion in revenue over …

Partisan coal – #5

I come from Gillette, so I’m familiar with the time-honored tradition among many in the coal mining industry to declare during presidential campaigns that the Democratic candidate (fill in blank) will shut down the coal industry if elected. Some have gone so far as to hand out stickers to miners on election day stating “VOTE RIGHT” and suggesting their jobs may depend on it.The notion is that all Democrats just think coal is icky and, heck, why not switch off — over night — the fuel that powers nearly half of the nation’s electricity? This notion about Democrats and coal is entirely outlandish (see: Democrat Dave Freudenthal, former Wyoming governor, joins board of Arch Coal Inc.), but it’s part of America’s political discourse.

WOC: Energy efficiency bill serves Wyo's interests

Richard Garrett Jr., legislative advocate for the Wyoming Outdoor Council, argues that House Bill 179, the energy efficiency bill, would help electric utility customers audit their energy consumption and finance energy efficiency improvements. The full Senate will debate the bill

A Reluctant Move Away from Coal

Scores of new coal-fired power plants that were being planned across the nation six or seven years ago have mostly been shelved. Last year alone, utilities and power-generating companies dropped plans to build 38 coal plants, according to the Sierra Club, while announcing they would retire 48 aging, inefficient ones. Stepping into the void is natural gas and renewables. Utilities have also more aggressively embraced demand-side management strategies to bend down the growth curve.