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Past articles by Heather:

PANDEMIC: Interior headquarters starts reopening

Interior Department employees returning to headquarters this week will see some differences in their old haunts. → Read More

Forest Service wants to trim habitat for sage grouse in Wyoming

CHEYENNE — A U.S. Forest Service plan released Friday would reduce designated sage grouse habitat in Wyoming and Nevada while easing grazing rules intended to protect the ground-dwelling birds in → Read More

Oregon blocks natural gas terminal over water permit, echoing Washington coal port decision

A liquefied natural gas terminal proposed for the Oregon coast to take natural gas produced in Western states to overseas markets was denied Monday by the state’s Department of Environmental → Read More

Wyoming mineral owners form association to deal with oil and gas permitting war

Sparked by a permitting war among Wyoming’s oil and gas producers, mineral owners in eastern Wyoming say they are banding together in defense, pushing for changes to Wyoming’s drilling rules → Read More

Virginian that wanted to buy Kemmerer coal mine blames busted bid on creditors

The Virginia businessman whose attempt to buy the Kemmerer coal mine in western Wyoming failed this month blamed the busted bid on the creditors of the bankrupt coal company Westmoreland. → Read More

Flooding cut Peabody's Powder River Basin coal shipments by 22 percent

The flooding of rivers in the Midwest decreased first-quarter shipments of Peabody Energy’s Powder River Basin coal by 22 percent, the company noted Wednesday in a call with investors. → Read More

Virginia businessman no longer buying troubled Kemmerer coal mine

The Virginia businessman who’d planned to purchase and operate a troubled coal mine in western Wyoming has backed out after a failure to secure bonding ahead of a deadline. → Read More

Wyoming governor criticizes consideration of coal plant closures in state

Gov. Mark Gordon said he was “deeply concerned” Friday by Rocky Mountain Power’s serious consideration of shuttering some coal-fired power plant units in Wyoming within four years. → Read More

Arch Coal takes 'sober' view of Powder River Basin coal's future

Powder River Basin coal demand could fall between 1 to 3 percent per year, according to one of the basin’s largest producers, Arch Coal. → Read More

Coal company wins right to mine in northern Wyoming

The company trying to open the first coal mine in 50 years in northern Wyoming won the right to mine under another coal company’s surface rights in a court decision → Read More

Environmental groups win court battle over coal moratorium; judge hasn't settled on remedy

The Trump administration’s elimination of a hallmark of the “war on coal” — an Obama-era moratorium on new coal leasing — was ruled unlawful Friday by a federal judge in → Read More

Regulators say an already-polluted Wyoming creek can handle more produced water. Others aren't convinced.

Oil and gas operators north of Highway 20-26 east of Riverton have been producing salty water and pouring it down a seasonal stream called Badwater Creek for 55 years. → Read More

Transmission line to carry wind energy to California clears last Wyoming hurdle

An oil and gas firm secured Friday the last of its necessary Wyoming permits for a 730-mile-high power transmission line to connect the largest proposed onshore wind development in the → Read More

4,000 well oil and gas project moves forward in central Wyoming, following water concerns

An oil and gas firm’s controversial plan to expand its operations by more than 4,000 wells in central Wyoming advanced Thursday with the release of a draft federal environmental review. → Read More

Environmental groups say Wyoming BLM rushed review of climate change effects

Thirty-three environmental and public health groups say the Wyoming Bureau of Land Management rushed a court-ordered review of how land leased to oil and gas companies could have contributed to → Read More

Trump's Interior head recused himself from Wyoming sage grouse meeting due to oil and gas presence

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt — who is being investigated for potential conflicts of interest with the oil and gas industry, department officials confirmed Monday — recused himself from a Wyoming → Read More

Wyoming uranium producers await White House response to investigation of imports

The Department of Commerce has made a recommendation to the White House on whether uranium imports threaten national security, a spokesman confirmed Monday. → Read More

Energy in brief: Cloud Peak gets two-week reprieve on debt

Wyoming’s troubled coal firm, Cloud Peak Energy, entered a forbearance agreement with lenders and bondholders Monday, punting default on their debt, and a potential bankruptcy, for another two weeks. → Read More

One of Wyoming's largest oil companies just sold. Now what?

With a $33 billion cash and stock deal, Chevron’s planned acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum will create a new super major oil firm, with uncertain impacts in Wyoming, where Anadarko represents → Read More

Lander gas station cited for leak that contaminated Popo Agie River

A Lander gas station has been cited for contaminating the Popo Agie River with gasoline, the Department of Environmental Quality decided Friday. → Read More