Sage Grouse

Male sage grouse strut in hopes of attracting a mate April 17 on a lek in southern Natrona County.

Alan Rogers, Star-Tribune

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Last week in numbers

Friday oil prices: West Texas Intermediate (WTI) $58.26 Brent (ICE) $63.63

Natural gas weekly averages: Henry Hub $2.93, Wyoming Pool $2.57, Opal $2.62

Baker Hughes rig count: U.S. 929, Wyoming 25

Quote of the week 

“Before I go through the areas where I would like to see changes, I need to be clear about the things that I do not want to see changed." -- Gov. Matt Mead on proposed changes to federal sage grouse plans

Pushback on EOG wells in Denver Basin

Landowners are worried about proposed injection wells near their subdivision outside Cheyenne. EOG's talent at tapping the Denver Basin has brought the oil and gas field to some unsuspecting locals who are appealing to state regulators to keep the wells at a distance. 

Oil prices head towards $60

The nudge up in price has many surprised, others saying the positive trend will continue as supplies tighten faster than predicted. 

Coal to solar

In a related announcement, the group is looking to add solar power. 

The trend of closures is a significant concern to operators in the PRB who are holding on to a shrinking market. 

Wyoming delivers consistent message on grouse 

The closing of a comment period on opening up sage grouse management plans across the West drew comment from a host of Wyoming agencies, the governor and diverse organizations. 

The governor repeated a message heard since the summer, that the sage grouse plans don't need major revisions like those floated from the Interior Department. 

In kind with a list of updates suggested by the governor, state agencies proffered changes that would eliminate confusion and alleviate some concerns brought by ranchers or industry. 

Environmental groups that have been outspoken in their distaste for the Interior's direction on grouse management were joined by industry and agriculture groups in a plea to follow Wyoming's strategy -- prioritize conserving the bird in some areas, development in others. 

In other news

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Heather Richards writes about energy and the environment. A native of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, she moved to Wyoming in 2015 to cover natural resources and government in Buffalo. Heather joined the Star Tribune later that year.

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