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  • The oil rig count rise of 12 to 640 followed a six-month slump in activity that reduced the number of active rigs from a peak of 1,609 in October to a nearly five-year low last week, energy services firm Baker Hughes Inc said in its closely followed report. Drillers added rigs in all of the major U.S. shale oil basins- three in the Eagle Ford in South Texas, two in the...

  • Big Sky, located 50 miles north of Yellowstone National Park, is an out-of-the-way setting for business conferences and conventions. Wildlife viewing can be had in Yellowstone or just outside the hotel door. For a quick moment of solitude, shoot up the tram to the top of Lone Peak and take in the views from the platform more than 11,000 feet above sea level.

  • After a Thursday hearing in U.S. District Court in Helena, it's clear that Yellowstone Club founder Tim Blixseth won't be freed anytime soon after spending more than two months in the Cascade County Detention Center. District Judge Sam Haddon ordered the 65- year-old Medina, Washington, resident locked up for contempt on April 20 for not providing a full...

  • The rule— a response to calls from the U.S. Supreme Court and Congress for the EPA to clarify which smaller waterways are protected— was published in the Federal Register on Monday and takes effect Aug. 28. The EPA did not immediately respond to questions from The Associated Press. The other states involved are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri,...

  • But he said Colstrip for now remains a solid performer that delivers a profit for the Pennsylvania- based company that assumed operations of Colstrip earlier this month, prompting speculation about its intentions for the 360- worker plant. But we still have Colstrip as part of our plan going forward. " The fate of Colstrip carries symbolic weight because of its...

  • HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by two this week to 859, the first weekly gain since December. Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 628 rigs were seeking oil and 228 explored for natural gas. Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania,...

  • Wyoming carbon-capture lab planning moves ahead Friday, 26 Jun 2015 | 12:45 PM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Officials are studying researcher's requirements as they deliberate where a laboratory to test out carbon-capture technology at a Wyoming coal-fired power plant should be located. Wyoming officials expect to have a better idea of what the project could look like, including its potential cost, by the end of this summer, said Rob Hurless, deputy...

  • Less mineral revenue means less Wyoming education funding Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 5:18 PM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Wyoming lawmakers likely will face tough choices in coming years over how to fund the state's K-12 educational system because of falling mineral revenue, legislative staffers warned Wednesday. Wyoming is the nation's leading coal producer and relies heavily on federal mineral revenue to fund education. Matt Mead has blamed tighter federal...

  • Board urged to adopt buffers between homes, oil drilling Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 5:50 AM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— Farmers and environmentalists urged Montana regulators on Wednesday to establish buffer zones around homes to protect them from oil and gas drilling. North Dakota, Wyoming and Colorado require companies to keep drilling activities at least 500 feet from occupied dwellings. Montana has no such rule.

  • June 23- A U.S. judge in Wyoming on Tuesday granted a request by four states and several energy industry groups to temporarily stop new federal rules on hydraulic fracturing on public lands from taking effect on Wednesday. IPAA and the Western Energy Alliance were joined by Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota and Utah in seeking to stop the new rules from taking...

  • U.S. fracking rules to face early legal test Thursday, 11 Jun 2015 | 4:30 PM ET

    The Interior Department rules, slated to take effect on June 24, would require companies to provide data on chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and to take steps to prevent leakage from oil and gas wells on federally owned land. This is the "first tranche in this battle," said Dan Naatz, senior vice president for government relations at the...

  • June 5- The U.S. drilling-rig count, which recorded its 26th straight weekly decline this week, is close to bottoming out ahead of a recovery in the second half of the year, mainly in the Permian and Eagle Ford shale plays in Texas, analysts said. At the end of this week, 868 oil and gas rigs were working in the United States, including 27 offshore, according to oilfield...

  • Republicans face a potential political backlash from voters if the Supreme Court rules soon against President Barack Obama's healthcare law, and are split over what to do about it, with some calling on the Obama administration for help. She said in a telephone interview that this would be a blow and she urged Republicans and Democrats in Congress to act.

  • WASHINGTON, June 4- Coal giant Peabody Energy has been among the harshest critics of federal energy policies, joining a court challenge to the Obama administration's new clean air regulations and denouncing its promotion of renewable fuels. "Our team will examine all aspects of bonding and self-bonding," said Chris Holmes, a spokesman for the Office of Surface...

  • NEW YORK, June 1- Florida Senator Marco Rubio has one; Texas Senator Ted Cruz has one; even former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, considered a longshot for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, has a billionaire in his corner. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has two. Some voters in Philadelphia, for example, were turned off by the billionaires...

  • NEW YORK, June 1- Florida Senator Marco Rubio has one; Texas Senator Ted Cruz has one; even former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, considered a longshot for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, has a billionaire in his corner. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has two. Some voters in Philadelphia, for example, were turned off by the billionaires...

  • WASHINGTON, May 29- Alpha Natural Resources Inc no longer qualifies for a government program that subsidizes a share of mine cleanup insurance, requiring the coal company to find another way to cover roughly $400 million in liabilities, Wyoming officials said on Friday. "At the end of the day, the rules for self bonding are very clear," said Keith Guille, a spokesman...

  • May 29- Alpha Natural Resources Inc said it was notified by Wyoming's environment department that it no longer qualified for "self bonding," which allowed the coal miner to avoid insurance or provisions of about $400 million for cleanup of mines. The news comes a day after a Delaware judge asked Alpha Natural to pay for the legal defense of Donald Blankenship, the...

  • U.S. state April income tax revenue returns to growth Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 3:35 PM ET

    May 27- U.S. state personal income taxes rebounded in the key revenue month of April, partly due to 2014' s strong stock market, after dropping a year ago, but collections have not fully stabilized since big increases in 2013.. Brian Sigritz, director of state fiscal studies at the National Association of State Budget Officers, said income tax revenue, boosted in part...

  • Overall, U.S. drillers reduced the number of active rigs by just one this week, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc said. In the latest week, drillers added three oil rigs in the Niobrara basin in Wyoming and Colorado and two in the Eagle Ford in South Texas, according to the closely followed report. The Permian basin in western Texas and eastern New Mexico, the...