Wyoming

Contango Snags ConocoPhillips’ Gassy Wind River Assets for $67M

Contango Snags ConocoPhillips’ Gassy Wind River Assets for $67M

U.S. independent Contango Oil & Gas Co. plans to boost its natural gas production by more than half later this year with the acquisition of ConocoPhillips’ conventional assets in Wyoming’s Wind River Basin for $67 million. The assets are estimated to have a net production run rate of about 78 MMcfe/d as of July 1.…

July 9, 2021
U.S. Natural Gas Rig Count Up Two as GOM Activity Rises

U.S. Natural Gas Rig Count Up Two as GOM Activity Rises

The U.S. natural gas rig count rose two units to finish at 101 during the week ended Friday, a week that also saw a notable uptick in drilling activity in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), according to updated data from oilfield services provider Baker Hughes Co. (BKR). Drilling gains in the United States for the…

July 9, 2021
Wyoming Looks to Boost Oil, Gas Jobs in Directing Funds to DUCs, P&A Projects

Wyoming Looks to Boost Oil, Gas Jobs in Directing Funds to DUCs, P&A Projects

Nearly nine months after Wyoming received $400 million from the first federal Covid-19 relief package, Gov. Mark Gordon plans to disperse the remaining $12 million to help complete oil and gas wells and get people back to work. The Energy Rebound Program (ERP), created last November to attract workers to the industry, provides business relief…

June 16, 2021
Federal Judge Temporarily Halts New Oil Leases as Sage Grouse Battle Festers in Wyoming, Montana

Federal Judge Temporarily Halts New Oil Leases as Sage Grouse Battle Festers in Wyoming, Montana

Federal authorities must apply more scrutiny to potential impacts on greater sage grouse across hundreds of oil and natural gas leases in Wyoming and Montana before authorizing new drilling, a federal judge in Idaho has ruled. Magistrate Judge Ronald Bush ruled that the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM), under former President Trump, failed…

June 14, 2021
Wyoming’s Abandoned Oil, Natural Gas Wells Said to Account for Under 1% of Methane Emissions

Wyoming’s Abandoned Oil, Natural Gas Wells Said to Account for Under 1% of Methane Emissions

Abandoned and unplugged oil and gas wells in Wyoming may be responsible for no more than 1% of reported methane emissions from the state’s oil and gas operations, according to research by the University of Wyoming’s (UW) Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute (EORI).  A sample of 10 orphan wells surveyed in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin by…

April 28, 2021
Federal Judge Chides BLM for ‘Sloppy’ Climate Review of Wyoming Oil, Gas Leases

Federal Judge Chides BLM for ‘Sloppy’ Climate Review of Wyoming Oil, Gas Leases

A federal district judge has again sent the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) back to the drawing board on an environmental review of oil and gas leasing in Wyoming, citing inadequate consideration of climate change impacts. In a ruling filed late last week, Judge Rudolph Contreras of the U.S. District Court for the…

November 16, 2020
E&Ps Doubling Up Federal Land Permit Requests, Possibly in Anticipation of Biden Win

E&Ps Doubling Up Federal Land Permit Requests, Possibly in Anticipation of Biden Win

U.S. oil and gas permitting on federal lands jumped 8% in September from August, with Texas operators posting the largest increase since March, according to a monthly tally by Evercore ISI. The firm every month compiles permit data from federal and state sources, which provides a bird’s eye view of where drilling by exploration and…

October 15, 2020
MPLX Testing Crude Transportation Capacity to Utah from Wyoming

MPLX Testing Crude Transportation Capacity to Utah from Wyoming

MPLX LP is gauging shipper interest in 11,000 b/d of incremental firm priority crude transport capacity from Wyoming to Utah. The open season, which runs through noon on Oct. 23, is for an expansion of the SLC Core Pipeline system and would move Denver-Julesburg Basin crude from Fort Laramie Station, WY, to Wahsatch Station, UT.…

September 24, 2020
Ultra Emerges as a Private Wyoming Natural Gas Explorer with New Brand

Ultra Emerges as a Private Wyoming Natural Gas Explorer with New Brand

Long-time Lower 48 natural gas producer Ultra Petroleum Corp. has emerged from Chapter 11 with a new name and as a private operator, still focused on Wyoming prospects. The Englewood, CO-based producer in May filed for Chapter 11 protection for the second time in four years to eliminate debt exacerbated by low prices and stinging…

September 17, 2020
Oxy Takes $1.3B for Western Properties, Propels Permian Carbon Capture Project Forward

Oxy Takes $1.3B for Western Properties, Propels Permian Carbon Capture Project Forward

Occidental Petroleum Corp. on Wednesday padded its bottom line with a big deal to sell a bundle of western properties, while boosting another venture to develop a massive carbon capture facility in its No. 1 Lower 48 play, the Permian Basin. The Houston-based independent, better known as Oxy, agreed to sell some Colorado, Utah and…

August 20, 2020
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