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Wyoming Groups Aiming to Speed Up Resumption of Federal Oil, Natural Gas Leasing

Wyoming Groups Aiming to Speed Up Resumption of Federal Oil, Natural Gas Leasing

Wyoming’s two main oil and gas trade groups are seeking to expedite the resumption of oil and gas leases on federal property by the Department of the Interior (DOI). In a merits brief filed Aug. 30 in Wyoming District Court, the Western Energy Alliance and the Petroleum Association of Wyoming (PAW) allege that DOI is…

September 8, 2021
Enerplus Skims Off Some Williston Oil, Gas Properties in $115M Sale

Enerplus Skims Off Some Williston Oil, Gas Properties in $115M Sale

Calgary-based Enerplus Corp. is selling off a small bundle of oil and natural gas interests in Montana and North Dakota for $115 million, but the Williston Basin remains a priority, the CEO said.   Stakes are being sold in Montana’s Sleeping Giant field and North Dakota’s Russian Creek area of the Williston, home to the Bakken…

September 1, 2021
BLM Decisions Under Pendley Facing Slew of Environmental Lawsuits

BLM Decisions Under Pendley Facing Slew of Environmental Lawsuits

A federal judge has invalidated key land use plans in Montana that were approved under former Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Acting Director William Perry Pendley, a decision that could imperil land use decisions elsewhere and pave the way for a deluge of litigation from environmental groups. The ruling issued last Friday was the second…

October 20, 2020
Montana Governor Asks Court to Rescind Plans for Oil, Gas Development

Montana Governor Asks Court to Rescind Plans for Oil, Gas Development

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has asked a district court to shelve three large-scale plans that would open most federal lands in the state to oil and gas development, arguing they were invalidated when a federal court ruled the Trump administration’s top public lands official was serving illegally. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris of the District…

October 8, 2020

Puget Sound Utility Accelerates Move to Phase Out Coal

Bellevue, WA-based Puget Sound Energy (PSE) bought itself a reduced-carbon fuel mix by selling its 185 MW interest in Colstrip coal-fired Unit 4 in Montana to the state’s largest private sector utility, NorthWestern Energy. The price was $1 in a unique deal.

December 16, 2019
East Montana Bakken Showing Signs of Awakening

East Montana Bakken Showing Signs of Awakening

Oil production from the Bakken Shale in eastern Montana, still relatively small compared to North Dakota’s record-setting output, has been steadily increasing, according to the North Dakota Pipeline Authority (NDPA).

December 21, 2018
Landowners, Enviros Challenge BLM Oil, Natural Gas Leases in Montana

Landowners, Enviros Challenge BLM Oil, Natural Gas Leases in Montana

Three landowners and two environmental groups on Tuesday challenged two recent U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lease sales of 287 parcels in Montana, alleging in federal court that the agency ignored the potential environmental impacts of prospective oil and natural gas drilling.

May 16, 2018

Three Western States, Saskatchewan Collaborate on Carbon Capture Research

Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming and the the Canadian province of Saskatchewan province signed an agreement Friday to combine their efforts in carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) research that is critical to their individual oil and natural gas producing jurisdictions.

December 4, 2017
Montana Lawmaker Seeks to Raise State’s Oil/NatGas Production Tax

Montana Lawmaker Seeks to Raise State’s Oil/NatGas Production Tax

Montana’s 0.5% “tax holiday” tariff on new oil/natural gas production would be increased to 4.5% under a proposal (HB 215) in the state legislature.

January 23, 2017

Private Equity Firm Acquiring Ohio-Based Gas Natural and Subsidiaries

The energy-focused private equity firm First Reserve has agreed to acquire Cleveland-based Gas Natural Inc. and its five subsidiary companies for an all-stock deal worth $196 million in yet another utility merger.

October 10, 2016
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