Wyoming's energy industry underwent seismic changes in 2019, and reporter Camille Erickson was there to document it.
Here are her most memorable stories of 2019.
- In interviews in the days following the shutdown of Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr coal mines, Gillette residents expressed concern over everything from employment and housing to education.
- When out-of-state coal firm Navajo Transitional Energy Company assumed ownership of the Spring Creek Mine in southern Montana from bankrupt coal company Cloud Peak Energy, it immediately sent 300 workers home.
- A surge in natural gas production nationwide coupled with paltry prices have put energy operators in Wyoming to the ultimate test in recent months as long-term forecasts cast an ominous light on the prolific resource that has fueled the state’s economy for decades.
- Flaring, or the practice of burning off natural gas, continues to draw the ire of environmental groups and some Wyoming landowners as the effulgent flames obstruct horizons, contaminate the air and burn up state revenue. When it comes to flaring, where does Wyoming rank compared to other states?
- Despite ubiquitous predictions of the coal's imminent decline, communities of the self-proclaimed Energy Capital of the Nation in the Powder River Basin believe coal are not leaving, at least not yet. To workers and families in the heart of coal country, all has not been lost. Regardless of the inevitable changes down the road, Gillette residents said coal was here to stay.
GILLETTE — Sandie Jones worked as a coal miner here for over three decades, witnessing firsthand the expansion of the city that has dubbed its…
A Powder River Basin coal mine suddenly ceased operations and sent about 300 workers -- a majority from Wyoming -- home indefinitely Thursday, over permit disagreements between Montana's Department of Environmental Quality and the mine's new owner.
This summer, as coal companies fell into bankruptcy and mines idled, a quieter crisis took place in another part of Wyoming's energy landscape. This one received fewer headlines and less attention from the state's politicians. But its impact could, at least in the near future, be nearly as devastating as coal's collapse.
LJ and Karen Turner’s family have lived on a ranch southwest of Wright in the Powder River Basin for over a century. But in recent years, the …
GILLETTE — When Rory Wallett learned the Belle Ayr coal mine had shut down, throwing him and hundreds of fellow employees out of work, he drov…