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Ad Valorem Taxes in Wyoming: Proposed Improvements

Our original report in January 2018 (Delinquent Mineral Taxes and Budget Deficits: A Case for Reform) detailed Wyoming's heavy dependence on mineral taxes to fund state and local government services. We discussed the fact that Wyoming gets more than 70% of our total revenue from taxes on mineral extraction and...
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Reclaim Wyoming: Prioritize Coal Mine Reclamation

Wyoming’s coal mining legacy dates back to the arrival of the Union Pacific Railroad in 1897.1 The state is home to some of the largest coal mines on earth, including the top eight active U.S. mines. Combined, Wyoming mines account for 41% of coal production in the U.S., about the...
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GAO Report on Coal Mine Self-Bonding March 2018

Coal accounts for 17 percent of domestic energy production. SMCRA requires coal mine operators to reclaim lands that were disturbed during mining and to submit a financial assurance in an amount sufficient to ensure that adequate funds will be available to complete reclamation if the operator does not do so....
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Petition to Amend Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality Rules on Self-Bonding

The Resource Council, along with its over 1,000 members throughout the state, advocates for the conservation of Wyoming’s unique land, mineral, water, and clean air resources consistent with responsible use of those resources to sustain the livelihood of present and future generations. Since its founding in 1973, the Resource Council...
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WORC Report Finds Coal Self-Bonding Unnecessary and Risky

April 5, 2018 The practice of self-bonding at coal mines could be ended today without a significant impact to the coal mining industry. That’s the conclusion of a new report, Now is the Time to End Self-Bonding, which points out that self-bonds in the West have hit a historic low,...
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Now Is the Time to End Self-Bonding

In the eight months between August 2015 and April 2016, the three largest coal companies in the United States all filed for bankruptcy: Peabody Energy, Arch Coal, and Alpha Natural Resources. Between them, they had pledged $2.3 billion of self-bonds in support of mine cleanup, known as “reclamation.” Coal companies...
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RENEWyoming: Solar Stories from the Cowboy State

RENEWyoming was born in response to a growing trend of solar installation in Wyoming. Across the state, more people are installing solar panels than ever before. Wyoming is not alone. Nationally and globally solar cell technology has improved and prices have come down accordingly, spurring an increase in installation. People...
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Renewable Energy Facts & Falsehoods

This factsheet untangles the facts and fiction surrounding renewable energy subsides. To read the factsheet, download the PDF.
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7 Point Plan to Protect Groundwater

This report recommends that Wyoming implement seven specific actions to protect scarce and dwindling groundwater resources during the unfolding boom in unconventional oil and gas development. To read full report, download the PDF.
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Delinquent Mineral Taxes and Budget Deficits: A Case for Reform

Mineral tax revenue is extremely important to Wyoming counties and schools. Over the course of the past five months, Powder River reached out to treasurers in 12 counties and discovered a $42 million deficit in mineral tax collection. In our recent report, Mineral Tax Delinquency and Budget Deficits, we offered...
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The State of the Split Estate

This December 2010 publication provides a landowners’ perspective on Wyoming’s Split Estate Act, five years after it was passed. It was based on interviews To continue reading, download the following pdf.
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Cheyenne Know Your Rights 2017

The Powder River Basin Resource Council and our Laramie County affiliate, Cheyenne Area Landowners Coalition (CALC), works with home and business- owners to advocate for increased setbacks and improved measures to mitigate air pollution and other quality of life impacts from noise, lights and traffic. In addition to the rules...
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A Living Legacy – Wyoming’s Fortification Creek Area

The Powder River Basin Resource Council is a grassroots organization of individuals and affiliate groups dedicated to good stewardship of Wyoming’s natural resources. The Resource Council was formed in 1973 and stands for the preservation and enrichment of our agricultural heritage and rural lifestyle; the conservation of Wyoming’s unique land,...
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Is Oil & Gas Drilling Coming to Your Neighborhood?

The Powder River Basin Resource Council and our Laramie County affiliate, Cheyenne Area Landowners Coalition (CALC), works with home and business-owners to advocate for increased setbacks and improved measures to mitigate air pollution and other quality of life impacts from noise, lights and traffic. To continue reading, please download the...
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A Landowner Guide to the Wyoming Split Estate Act

Background of the Law The Wyoming split estate act is a tribute to dozens if not hundreds of individuals—both in the state legislature and in communities throughout the state—who worked countless hours for three years to produce a law that provides landowners with some rights over oil and gas development...
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Our Future At Stake

On January 18th, 2003 the Bureau of Land Management released the Final Environmental Impact Statement on the development of 40,000 new coalbed methane wells to be drilled over the next decade in the Powder River Basin. Eight million acres in the Basin will be opened up to drilling. Over three...
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Powder River Breaks Newsletters

The Powder River Breaks Newsletter is published at the end of every even-numbered month, six times a year, and is mailed to members as a membership benefit. The Breaks covers a wide range of articles of interest to Wyomingites, including news about state and federal government actions affecting the natural resources and ranching heritage of the state, and Resource Council campaign successes, events, and other developments.

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Powder River Breaks July – August 2018

July - August 2018, Volume 46, Number 4 In July, Powder River released a new...
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Powder River Breaks May – June 2018

May - June 2018, Volume 46, Number 3 So far, 2018 has been a great...
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Powder River Breaks March – April 2018

March - April 2018, Volume 46, Number 2 On March 23rd, Judge Brian Morris from...
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Powder River Breaks January – February 2018

January - February 2018 Volume 46, Number 1 Powder River members, affiliate Cheyenne Area Landowners...
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Powder River Breaks September October 2017

September – October 2017 Volume 45, Number 5 Powder River Pushes for Federal Oil &...
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Powder River Breaks November December 2017

November – December 2017 Volume 45, Number 6 45th Annual Meeting Highlights Diversifying Wyoming Jobs &...
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