Mon October 13, 2014
Energy U

Energy Boom Squeezes Educator Ranks In Colorado, Wyoming

Colorado School of Mines petroleum engineering professor Carrie McClelland helps one of her smaller seminar classes work through a group project.
Dan Boyce Inside Energy

Enrollment in petroleum engineering at the Colorado School of Mines, and at similar programs around the country, has risen dramatically in the last five years in response to the nation's energy boom. Students are flooding into these programs to cash in on high-paying industry jobs.

Conveniently for the students, there are plenty of these jobs to go around. It has not been as convenient though for many educators.

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Thu October 9, 2014

Landowners Connect To Negotiate With Pipeline Companies

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 5:23 pm

There’s a huge, mostly invisible web of pipelines crisscrossing the country that make it possible for our stoves to light and our cars to turn on. Those pipelines run from oil and gas producing regions to refineries and processing plants, crossing miles of private property along the way. The people whose land they cross don’t often benefit, but a new strategy may help.

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Wed September 10, 2014
Wind Power

Wyoming Has The Wind, But Powerlines Hinder Development

High Plains Wind Farm near McFadden, Wyoming on a breezy summer day.
Leigh Paterson Inside Energy

Wyoming wind is indeed legendary. The University of Wyoming's Wind Energy Research Center claims the state has the best land-based class 6 and 7 wind sites, a categorization based on wind speed and power generation. But according to the American Wind Energy Association, Wyoming ranks just 14th in installed wind capacity.

The proposed Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project could change that. In August, Wyoming issued the last necessary state permit, and if the wind farm gets federal approval, it will be the biggest in the country with 1,000 turbines that could generate up to 3,000 megawatts of energy.

For now this is all hypothetical, because the transmission capabilities that the Chokecherry project requires just don't exist.

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Thu August 14, 2014
Oil and Gas

For Pipeline Health, Industry Believes In The Power Of The Pig

A "smart pig" used to inspect the Belle Fourche pipeline.
Stephanie Joyce Wyoming Public Media

The pipeline tool known as a pig is versatile. In the 1971 James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever, Bond used a pig to blow up a pipeline. In 1987’s The Living Daylights, defecting Soviet spy Georgi Koskov used a pig as an escape route. Again in 1999’s The World Is Not Enough, a pig was used to smuggle a nuclear weapon.

Pigs aren't just excellent James Bond plot devices, they also have practical applications.

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Mon August 11, 2014

Coal Culture Runs Deep Through Wyoming

Meet the Coal Miner's Daughters, Gillette, Wyoming's roller derby team.
Leigh Paterson Inside Energy

Girls in clunky roller skates whiz past their coach. They're sweaty, rowdy, and covered in tattoos. Gillette's roller derby team proudly represents coal country, as does their name.

"We’re called the Coal Miner’s Daughters, number one because Loretta Lynn rocks!" Katie Buffington, president of the team, explained. "Number two because coal is the main source of income in the area. And we really wanted to get back to our roots, where we come from."

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