Buffalo Wyoming BLM to End Coal Leasing in Powder River Basin

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, January – February 2024

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 […]

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 to Celebrate 51st Annual Meeting

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]