Wyoming Energy Makes Positive Impacts

In a recent mad dash to go through the stash of articles in my inbox I’ve neglected over the past month, I found some interesting articles about positive impacts Wyoming energy is making. I thought I’d share them with you in this week’s RealEnergy post. – RealPartner Liz Lauck – Wyoming Stock Growers Assn.

Well will provide water to McCullought Peaks horses after creek dries up

by Billings Gazette Staff

Marathon Oil drills wells to supply water for wild horses and wildlife. Photo copyright Billings Gazette.
Marathon Oil drills wells to supply water for wild horses and wildlife. Photo copyright Billings Gazette.

For years, water runoff from an oil field moistened Dry Creek, providing water for wild horses, livestock and wildlife in Wyoming’s McCullough Peaks.

“It was a nice source of water in an otherwise dry area,” said Sarah Beckwith, of the Bureau of Land Management’s Cody office.

So when Marathon Oil Co., which owned the Oregon Basin oil field, was ordered by the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality to reduce the amount of water flowing into the creek, the company approached the BLM to provide an alternate water source for animals in the arid Bighorn Basin.

To offset the loss, Marathon drilled three exploratory wells this year, one of which is producing water. To supply animals with a steady source of water, the company will install a trough of some type next year.

“Finding that water was the first big hurdle,” Beckwith said.

“Water is a key ingredient for sustainable habitat in the McCullough Peaks Herd Management Area,” said Marshall Dominick, a founding member of Friends of a Legacy. “By developing reliable, life-giving water sources, our partnership will provide a win-win situation for all creatures that live there, as well as for us humans who benefit from the existence of those creatures and their habitat.” Click here for the full story…

by Jeremy Fugleberg – Casper Star-Tribune ‌

Wyoming clean coal will be used in a new power plant in Arkansas. Photo copyright the Casper Star Tribune.
Wyoming clean coal will be used in a new power plant in Arkansas. Photo copyright Casper Star Tribune.
A coal-fired power plant under construction in Arkansas will run on millions of tons of coal from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming when it comes online late next year.For the owners of the plant, that’s a fact worth talking up.Representatives of Louisiana-based Southwest Electric Power Co. have promoted the coal from the basin in fact sheets and newspaper interviews as a big plus for the new plant because of the coal’s heating ability, cost and low sulfur content.“We love Powder River Basin coal down here,” said company spokesman Scott McCloud. Click here for the full story…

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