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Cybersecurity threats plague energy groups

CHEYENNE — Energy firms in Wyoming are being urged to take precautions against potential cybersecurity attacks. Michael Bobbitt, a supervisory special agent with the FBI, told attendees at the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority’s energy conference on Friday that companies should be aware of the growing number of threats on both the national and international levels. Bobbitt is the team leader for ...

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Amid coal fight, Western Slope power company seals wind deal

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CRAIG, Colo.  — A utility cooperative that is fighting to preserve a supply source for a coal-fired power plant in Craig has announced a 25-year contract for obtaining additional wind energy in eastern Colorado while it awaits a decision from a federal judge on coal mining. Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association will buy the entire 76-megawatt output of Iberdrola Renewables’ ...

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Utility companies challenge “NIMBY” attitudes

No one wants clunky, unsightly industrial machinery in their back yard. Few people are willing to function without electricity either. Unfortunately, without substations every few miles, electricity can’t reliably travel to far-reaching customers. Community Radio for Northern Colorado dubbed this conflict of wants and needs a NIMBY—“Not In My Back Yard”—problem in a recent report on a dispute between Thornton, ...

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Colorado commits to transparency this month

With two major accomplishments for Colorado’s oil and gas data tracking, May acts as somewhat of a milestone for both environmentalists and the energy industry within the state, Breaking Energy reports. On the same day that state-run FracFocus launched its chemical disclosure database of about 100,000 wells throughout the state, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission issued their service ...

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Wyoming: hotspot for Chinese investments

In a recent study from the Rhodium Group and National Committee on US-China Relations, China appears to be pouring significant commercial investment into the United States—a stark contrast in roles for both countries since the 1980s. Chinese firms spent nearly $46 billion in foreign direct investments (FDI), which the study says bolsters the U.S. “growth, employment, competitiveness, and innovation.” As ...

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Industry: Helium plant shouldn’t cause more damage

JACKSON, Wyo. — A company planning to build a gas processing plant in the Wyoming Range says its proposed development shouldn’t cause further degradation to a stream network that no longer supports cutthroat trout. Representatives of the Denver firm QEP Resources are planning a gas processing plant to produce helium, methane and carbon dioxide, along with 10 new gas wells ...

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Environmental groups monitor new Wyoming fracking rules

CASPER, Wyo. — As Wyoming challenges new federal fracking rules on public lands, state regulators are quietly implementing a state requirement that petroleum companies justify keeping secret the ingredients in the chemical products they pump underground during hydraulic fracturing. The state has approved six applications from companies seeking to keep their ingredients confidential under the terms of a settlement with ...

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Federal officials push for heightened sage grouse protection

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is not doing enough to protect the greater sage grouse as its spot on the endangered species list pends federal approval, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says. According to the Denver Post, Noreen Walsh, the agency’s regional director, wrote a letter to Gov. Hickenlooper last week urging him to tweak his state’s protection measures by removing ...

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Dry Piney Creek eyed for new gas plant

Cutthroat trout have fled the Dry Piney Creek in Wyoming, unable to survive in its waters anymore, but a gas company developing the nearby area says they’ll make sure not to exacerbate the environmental impacts. According to the Jackson Hole News and Guide, Denver-based QEP Resources plans to build a gas processing plant in the creek’s drainage area, where they’ll ...

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U.S. oil drillers add rigs in Niobrara and Eagle Ford -Baker Hughes

Oil drillers added rigs in two U.S. shale basins this week, data showed on Friday, the strongest sign yet that higher crude prices are coaxing producers back to the well pad after a slump in activity of nearly six months. Overall, U.S. drillers reduced the number of active rigs by just one this week, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc ...

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