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Wyoming is business friendly and has been taking efforts to streamline conflicts related to companies doing business in the Cowboy State.  On March 15, 2019, Governor Gordon signed into law an act of the 2019 Wyoming legislature, Senate File 104, which created a Chancery Court – check out the press release issued by the Wyoming Judicial Branch here.   What is the purpose of the Chancery Court? The Chancery Court is a specialty…
At yesterday’s hearings, the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (“WOGCC”) released a proposed rule aimed at addressing the increased volume of drilling permits filed in the Cowboy State. The formal bulletin entitled, “WOGCC Proposes Rule to Address Volume of Drilling Permits,” can be found here. If approved, the proposed rule, released in accordance with Wyoming’s rulemaking guidelines, will change several aspects concerning the filing of Applications for Permits to Drill (“APDs”), according to…
As I drove from Denver to Sheridan, Wyoming this weekend, two things caught my eye from the highway: 1. Coal: I passed not one, but two trains pulling railcars filled to the brim with coal. It has been awhile since I have seen a full coal train on the move, let alone two within hours of each other! 2. Oil: More derricks are springing up. Actually, I should say three things caught my eye –…
There is one thing on the mind of many folks involved in the oil and gas industry – the upcoming OPEC meeting in Vienna.  On June 25, 2019, the 176th OPEC meeting will be held. In fact, there are already reports out there attempting to predict the potential impacts of the upcoming OPEC meeting and other global factors on the price of oil – check out this recent article from Bloomberg entitled, Bulls Beware: The
The headlines are all talking about supply and demand; specifically, oil supply and its impact on the price of oil.  As of the posting of this, WTI Crude is sitting at $58.07 per barrel and Brent crude is at $67.85 per barrel, according to Bloomberg Energy, and it has folks wondering where oil prices will go from here in light of oil inventories rising.  In fact, Oil & Gas 360 just released an article…
“Energy and persistence conquer all things.” – Benjamin Franklin Discussing topics in the energy sector gives one a certain, well, energy. A charge or *spark* – a bolt of anticipatory excitement and the promise of potential comes from being “in the know.”  I just received such a spark … The U.S. Energy Information Administration (“EIA”) released a new portal this week that will change the way that we analyze state-level energy data in the United…
“Energy and persistence conquer all things.” – Benjamin Franklin Discussing topics in the energy sector gives one a certain, well, energy. A charge or *spark* – a bolt of anticipatory excitement and the promise of potential comes from being “in the know.”  I just received such a spark … The U.S. Energy Information Administration (“EIA”) released a new portal this week that will change the way that we analyze state-level energy data in the United…
As a resident of Weld County, I can tell you that there are sometimes stark contrasts between Weld and Boulder Counties.  Although neighbors, the two counties have very different views – and I do not mean of the mountains.  One of the ramifications of S.B. 181 is increased local control, allowing Colorado cities and counties more control over drilling operations through local zoning ordinances and land use regulations.  Hence, a line in the sand is…
As a resident of Weld County, I can tell you that there are sometimes stark contrasts between Weld and Boulder Counties.  Although neighbors, the two counties have very different views – and I do not mean of the mountains.  One of the ramifications of S.B. 181 is increased local control, allowing Colorado cities and counties more control over drilling operations through local zoning ordinances and land use regulations.  Hence, a line in the sand is…
It is no secret that Wyoming’s economy is heavily reliant on the energy and natural resources sector.  In fact, the primary forces behind the economy of the Cowboy State are mineral extraction, in the form of coal, oil, natural gas and trona, and agriculture.  Wyoming is an attractive place to do business due to state incentives like no income tax and low sales and property taxes; however, Wyoming may become even more of a hot…