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|Coal-bed Methane boom, Powder River Basin||Dustin Bleizeffer|
|Cody, William F. as Wyoming Town Founder and Irrigation Tycoon||Robert E. Bonner|
|Crossings, North Platte River; Oregon Trail sites of||WyoHistory.org|
|Deming, W. Edwards||Doug McInnis|
|Dude ranching, history of in Wyoming||John Clayton|
|Edison, Thomas in Wyoming Territory||Phil Roberts|
|Elk Basin Oil Field||Rebecca Hein|
|Encampment, Wyoming||Lori Van Pelt|
|Energy Transportation Systems, Inc. coal slurry pipeline||Dan Whipple|
|ETSI coal slurry pipeline||Dan Whipple|
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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.
Oil refining in Wyoming began in 1895. By the 1920s the state boasted 16 refineries, with Standard Oil’s plant at Casper by far the largest. Production tracked oil booms and busts throughout the 20th century, culminating in the 1991 shutdown of Casper’s Amoco (formerly Standard) Refinery. Six refineries remain in production today.
Cheyenne’s M.H. “Bud” Robineau scrambled to put together the deals enabling construction during World War II of an airplane-fuel plant next to the Frontier Refinery he owned. Help from U.S. Sen. Joseph O’Mahoney proved crucial in cutting wartime red tape. The plant came online in 1944 and continued to produce high-octane fuel after the war.
From 1893-1913, the Tongue River Tie Flume carried 2 million railroad ties from the Bighorn Mountains to the Burlington Railroad. Ties moved at high speed down 38 miles of flumes across trestles and through tunnels in canyon walls. Workers’ camps were large mountain villages with schools and blacksmith shops.