Wyoming’s Economic Future is Topic of Powder River Annual Meeting

47th Annual Meeting Scheduled for Nov. 2nd in Sheridan On Saturday, Nov. 2, Powder River Basin Resource Council 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 […]

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 […]

Conservation Groups Seek to Join Wyoming Suit Over Coal, Oil, Gas Revenue

July 26, 2019 The groups’ motion to intervene can be found online here . Groups aim to ensure companies pay a fair return for taxpayer-owned minerals Five conservation groups moved today to intervene in a lawsuit to preserve the 2016 Valuation Rule, a set of federal requirements requiring fossil fuel companies to pay full royalties […]

Filings for 2016 Valuation Rule Lawsuit

July 25, 2019 Natural Resources Defense Council, Northern Plains Resource Council, Powder River Basin Resource Council, The Wilderness Society, and  Western Organization of Resource Councils (collectively, Conservation Groups), by and through their counsel, respectfully move to intervene as Respondents in the above-captioned matter. The Conservation Groups move to intervene as of right, or alternatively, to […]

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 Breaks March – April 2019

March – April 2019, Volume 47, Number 2 Aethon Energy, the company that operates the Moneta Divide oil and gas field, is seeking an expanded discharge permit from the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to dramatically increase their oil and gas wastewater discharge into the streams that flow into Boysen Reservoir. The volume of […]

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 […]

Let’s bury “crimes against critical infrastructure” once for all

(Published in the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle on January 17, 2019.) Last year we witnessed one of the strangest legislative battles Wyoming has ever seen, the fight over SF-74, “crimes against critical infrastructure.” Last year’s bill not only sparked the ire of Native Americans and nonprofit groups around Wyoming who believed it would chill free speech, but […]