Powder River Breaks Newsletter, November – December 2023

November – December 2023, Volume 51, Number 6 While daily life in the Equality State may feel fraught with policy and cultural disagreements, the Powder River members who gathered in Sheridan on Nov. 4 came together eager for the camaraderie that the annual meeting offers. Since last year’s annual meeting celebrated 50 years of Powder […]

Powder River Breaks Newsletter – September-October 2023

September – October 2023, Volume 51, Number 5 Powder River staff and members traveled to Denver, CO in late August to show support for the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) proposed Fluid Mineral Leases and Leasing Process rule. Readers may recall from our previous issue that the rule makes long overdue changes to the onshore […]

Powder River Welcomes EPA’s Methane Rule

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 Breaks Newsletter – July – August 2023

July – August 2023, Volume 51, Number 4 After more than half a century of waiting, Powder River, the Western Organization of Resource Councils, and allies applaud the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for releasing new rules for federal oil and gas wells. The proposed rules will help ensure that federal wells are plugged and […]

Western Ranchers and Communities Welcome New Rules for Federal Oil and Gas

Increased Reclamation Bonds Will Help Ensure Taxpayers No Longer Have to Fund Cleanup BILLINGS, Mont: After more than half a century of waiting, members of the Western Organization of Resource Councils applaud the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for releasing new rules for federal oil and gas wells. The proposed rules will help ensure that […]

Powder River Breaks Newsletter, May – June 2023

May – June 2023, Volume 51, Number 3 In May, Powder River joined with Western Colorado Alliance (WCA) and Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC) to advocate for stronger federal onshore oil and gas bonding requirements. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is considering a rule that would update onshore oil and gas lease sales. […]

Powder River Breaks Newsletter, March – April 2023

At the end of March, PacifiCorp (which does business as Rocky Mountain Power in Wyoming) released its new 20-year energy plan, detailing what new electricity generation resources the company expects to build and what generation resources it will retire during that timeframe. The plan should largely not be surprising to most who have been following […]

Powder River Breaks Newsletter, January – February 2023

January – February 2023, Volume 51, Number 1 A Jan. 31 Bloomberg article by journalist Aaron Clark revealed significant shortcomings in emissions reporting at the Douglas Gas Plant, operated by Tallgrass Midstream, LLC. Following a routine maintenance project, oxygen levels at the facility rose to a hazardous level, prompting operators to conduct a safety release […]

Westerners call on BLM to update federal oil & gas bond amounts

This week, 30 western grassroots and advocacy groups sent a letter to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Tracy Stone-Manning urging her agency to update the Bureau’s federal onshore oil and gas bonding program. Impacted communities and split-estate landowners throughout the West are ready to see BLM take expedient action to update the program, which […]

Conservation Groups to Defend Administration’s Postponement of Oil & Gas Lease Sales

Casper, WY – Seventeen groups represented by Earthjustice and the Western Environmental Law Center moved to intervene today to defend the Biden administration’s postponement of several oil and gas lease sales. A September ruling in U.S. District Court in Wyoming affirmed the administration’s ability to postpone lease sales, but the state of Wyoming and industry […]