The Powder River Basin coal-bed methane boom in the early 2000s stirred controversies over land rights, mineral rights, environmental stewardship, the disposal of water and—at every turn—politics. Now, few of the 29,000 wells drilled produce much gas and around 3,000 wells are abandoned and left to the state to clean up.
Dustin Bleizeffer is WyoFile editor-in-chief, a position he accepted in 2010 after working as energy reporter for the Casper Star-Tribune for 10 years. He hails from Gillette, Wyoming, where he worked several years in the coal mining and oilfield service industries. He has reported on the Powder River Basin coal-bed methane play from its onset, through the boom and into the bust of the late 2000s. Bleizeffer is a 1998 graduate of the University of Wyoming. He lives in Casper.