Pinedale, Wyoming, in the media spotlight
Oil & Gas, Wildlife, Big Money, Wolves
March 8, 2006
Lots of people are talking about Pinedale and the western Wyoming area. Below are links to various articles that have appeared recently in prominent publications on a variety of topics including oil and gas production, wildlife concerns, social impacts to the local communities in Pinedale and Sublette County due to our current booming economy, and wolf delisting:
Town gets more than money in energy boom By Tom Kenworthy. (3/8/06, USA Today) "Pinedale's transformation from ranching and recreation into an energy center is a story as old as the West, where boom-and-bust economies have been a familiar pattern for generations..."
Gas Boom Is Both Boon, Bane for Wyoming County By Blaine Harden (3/6/06, WashingtonPost.com) "Sheriff Wayne "Bardy" Bardin, who sweeps up criminal fallout from the hottest energy boom in the Rockies, has noticed something new and nasty on barroom floors in his county..."
Gas Pains and Gains: Western States Revel In, Cope With Energy Development By Headwater News (3/7/06, newest.net) "A perfect storm is described as the combination of all elements needed to brew up a dandy of a show of Mother Nature's forces. The combination of aggressive energy exploration across the Rocky Mountain West and the region's rapidly expanding population could carry that moniker as well..."
Newpark Resources Reports Full Year and Fourth Quarter 2005 Results (3/6/06, MSN Money) "Newpark Resources, Inc. NR today reported net income for the year ended December 31, 2005 of $21.6 million, or $0.25 per common share, on revenue of $557.0 million. This compares to 2004 net income of $4.0 million, or $0.05 per common share, on revenue of $433.4 million...Newpark is continuing work to commercialize a new proprietary water treatment technology, with current engineering efforts directed to improve the throughput capacity of the company's Boulder, Wyo. waste disposal site serving the Jonah and Pinedale fields in southwestern Wyoming, a very active North American natural gas market."
Enterprise stakes out big claim with first push into hot Rockies (3/3/06, Houston Business Journal) "One of the country's largest publicly traded energy partnerships, Houston-based Enterprise has built up an asset value of more than $15 billion, primarily in the Gulf of Mexico… The Piceance Basin and Jonah and Pinedale fields, among the largest natural gas fields in the United States, have seen 20 percent annual production growth rates over the past four years. The immense potential of these fields is a primary driver in Enterprise's latest flurry of expansion activity… The Piceance-Pinedale basin is one of the most prolific, fastest-growing plays in the U.S..."
BLM Biologist Exposes Inside View Of Agency Priorities By Todd Wilkinson (3-02-06, NewWest.net) "These wide treeless expanses of high desert, covered with sagebrush, form ground zero in the national discussion about the Bush Administration's national energy policy... Growing evidence to the contrary raises doubts about claims from the BLM that it is doing its best, on behalf of the American people, to ensure responsible stewardship..."
Questar: Questar Net Income Grows 42% In 2005 Oil, Gas & Energy News, Research & Trends By CJ - Webbolt Newsroom (3/1/06, WEBBOLT Global Business News, Research & Intelligence) "Questar Corp. - a natural gas-focused energy company - reported a 42% increase in net income in 2005 to $325.7 million, or $3.74 per diluted share, compared to $229.3 million, or $2.67 per diluted share, for the prior year... The majority of the company's 2005 activity was focused on development drilling on previously-booked proved undeveloped locations at Pinedale and the Uinta Basin..."
States want wolves off list: Idaho, Montana hope government will end protection (3/8/06, RockyMountainNews.com) "Officials in Idaho and Montana say they are hopeful the federal government will approve a plan to remove wolves from the Endangered Species List that leaves out Wyoming, which doesn't have a federally approved wolf management plan... Idaho and Montana have plans, but the federal government has refused to approve Wyoming's plan that allows unregulated hunting of wolves outside national parks and wilderness areas..."