Stephanie Joyce, Wyoming Public Radio

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Relationships 102: Avoiding Fracking Furor In Wyoming

Barry Bruns lives just outside of Cheyenne, in a subdivision where drilling is possible in the future.

So far, Wyoming has largely managed to avoid the tensions over oil and gas development that have cropped up in other states. It’s not hard to imagine that it’s just a matter of time though, as companies have filed for hundreds of drilling permits in recent months in the vicinity of the state’s largest city, Cheyenne. Continue Reading →

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Relationships 101: Oil And Gas Looks For A Social License To Operate

A pump jack sits in front of a house in northern Colorado. An drilling rig sits behind it.

Conflict over oil and gas drilling has escalated across the country in recent years, resulting in protests and bans from New York to Texas. The industry recognizes it has a problem, but it divided over how to approach it. Now, some companies are borrowing an idea from the international mining sector, called social license to operate. Continue Reading →

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Oil And Gas Wastewater Linked To Ozone Pollution

Deer and antelope mingle in the Pinedale Anticline natural gas f

Every day, more than 2 billion gallons of water are produced in the US by the oil and gas industry. That water can contain hydrocarbons like benzene and toluene as well as the chemicals that are injected into the well to produce the oil and gas. But the federal government doesn’t treat waste from the oil and gas industry as hazardous, and much of that polluted wastewater is allowed to simply evaporate. That, it turns out, could be a problem. Continue Reading →

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Worker Dies At Wyoming Natural Gas Facility


A worker has died after an explosion at a natural gas storage tank in western Wyoming, bringing the number of oil and gas fatalities in Wyoming this year to at least two. Inside Energy recently explored what it takes to make dangerous industries safer in a series of stories called Dark Side of the Boom. Continue Reading →

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