Buffalo Wyoming BLM to End Coal Leasing in Powder River Basin

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This morning, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced that it will end federal coal leasing in the Powder River Basin – the largest coal-producing region in the United States. The decision represents a historic shift in federal management of coal in the region, recognizing the environmental and health impacts on coalfield communities and acknowledging […]

Powder River Breaks Newsletter, March – April 2024

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March – April 2024, Volume 52, Number 2 On February 12, the Department of the Interior announced a finalized rule reforming the Bureau of Land Management’s onshore oil and gas leasing program. Readers may recall this rule was proposed last spring. Powder River members engaged diligently throughout the rulemaking process to ensure quick passage and […]

Powder River Breaks Newsletter, January – February 2024

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January – February 2024, Volume 52, Number 1 Last year, High Plains Power became the third rural electric cooperative, and the largest, to significantly reduce the compensation it provides to customers who generate their own solar electricity. Called net metering, Wyoming law provides that a utility has to credit or compensate a solar owner for […]

Casper Local Foods Expert to Speak in Sheridan March 22

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If you have a local food business, or have thought about starting one, plan to attend Growing Your Local Food Business event at the Sheridan County Public Library, Inner Circle Room, on March 22 at noon. Everyone is welcome, but advance registration is appreciated. Casper resident and well-known local foods advocate, LeAnn Miller, better known […]

Powder River Welcomes EPA’s Methane Rule

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On Saturday the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a final rule to sharply reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. The rule, which applies to all wells across the country, aims to cut methane pollution and mitigate the impacts of climate change, while safeguarding public health. For years, communities throughout the country, including […]

Powder River to Celebrate 51st Annual Meeting

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On Saturday, Nov. 4, Powder River Basin Resource Council will host its 51st Annual Meeting at the Best Western in Sheridan. This year’s theme, Watching Out for Wyoming: The Next 50 Years, will explore the unique time and place in which Wyoming finds itself as well casting an eye toward the future. “At Powder River […]

Federal court ruling favors Wyoming coal plants, threatening communities and parks

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This week the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with polluters in a case that would have reduced air pollution in Wyoming’s national parks and public lands across the region. National Parks Conservation Association, Sierra Club and the Powder River Basin Resource Council have argued in court since 2014 to bring some of the state’s […]