Bankruptcies and Inadequate Bonds Threaten Taxpayers, Landowners with Orphan Oil and Gas Wells

In the midst of historically low oil prices and plummeting demand due to coronavirus restrictions, inadequate federal and state reclamation bonding requirements make it easier for deeply indebted oil and gas operators to declare bankruptcy and walk away from orphaned wells en masse. A recent report by the Western Organization of Resource Councils examining the […]

Powder River Breaks January – February 2020

January – February 2020, Volume 48, Number 1 Late last year, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) told Powder River that they would not be approving Aethon’s permit to discharge over 8 million gallons of polluted oil and gas wastewater a day. DEQ noted that concerns raised by citizens in writing and at public […]

Westerners Travel to Denver to Speak in Opposition to Fundamental Changes to NEPA

Denver, CO – Community leaders from across the Western U.S. traveled to Denver, Colorado today to testify at a hearing held by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), the division of the White House charged with implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). In the public hearing, farmers, ranchers, tribal members, environmental experts and others […]

Powder River Breaks November – December 2019

November – December 2019, Volume 47, Number 6 On the evening of Nov. 2, nearly 150 of our members gathered for Powder River’s 47th Annual Meeting. After socializing and shopping at the silent and live auctions; the crowd filled the room at the Holiday Inn in anticipation of the  conversation around how Wyoming can address […]

Powder River Breaks September – October 2019

September – October 2019, Volume 47, Number 5 On Saturday, Nov. 2, Powder River will host its 47th Annual Meeting at the Holiday Inn in Sheridan. This year’s theme, When Coal is No Longer King: A Conversation on Wyoming’s Future, will explore how the state’s economy must change as the coal industry shrinks. Denise Parrish, […]

Powder River Breaks July – August 2019

July – August 2019, Volume 47, Number 4 Early in the morning on July 1, Blackjewel, LLC and associated companies operating 32 coal mines in Wyoming, West Virginia, Virginia, and Kentucky filed for bankruptcy. Later that day, emergency funding fell through as banks that had previously financed the operations of Blackjewel owner Jeff Hoops no […]

Powder River Breaks May – June 2019

Powder River Breaks May – June 2019 Volume 47, Number 3 Last month, after a two-day hearing over Powder River’s objections to Contura Coal West’s proposal to transfer their permits for the Belle Ayr and Eagle Butte coal strip mines to Blackjewel LLC, the Wyoming Environmental Quality Council (EQC) postponed making a decision. The EQC […]

Health Risks from Oil & Gas Air Pollutants Webinar Scheduled for June 20th

June 6, 2019 Anyone concerned about how living near oil and gas drilling operations or wells can harm their health is invited to attend a webinar by esteemed public health researcher, Dr. Lisa McKenzie on Thursday, June 20th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm via at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8687645289994219523 or in a group setting at the Laramie County […]

Speakers to focus on better regulation of oil & gas development

May 24, 2019 Better regulation and accountability of oil and gas development is the focus of the Cheyenne Area Landowners Coalition (CALC) Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 30th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Laramie County Public Library (Sunflower Room) at 2200 Pioneer Avenue in Cheyenne. CALC is an affiliate of the Powder River […]

Powder River Releases Video Series on Oil & Gas Development Impacts

February 18, 2019 (Sheridan, WY) The Powder River Basin Resource Council has released a new series of videos featuring Wyoming residents whose lives have been upended by nearby oil and gas development. From living with the legacy of contaminated groundwater in Pavillion to addressing booming oil and gas development in Laramie and Converse Counties, the […]