Gillette, Wy – A Denver-based company that wants to farm methane in the Powder River Basin has withdrawn its application with the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. But a spokesman said Wednesday that Luca Technologies is not dropping its plan to start a commercial scale project to produce methane by injecting a nutrient mixture into old wells. The company was seeking an aquifer exemption, which is typical for projects that want to inject fluids underground. The commission was set to take up the issue Tuesday.
Laramie, Wyo. – As promised, Republican candidate for Governor Rita Meyer has disclosed her campaign finance receipts. They show that Meyer has raised over $300,000 in donations, with most of that coming from individuals. However, Meyer has received almost $50,000 from political action committees. She is the only candidate to release information about campaign finances prior to the August deadline.
Casper, Wy – Republican gubernatorial primary candidate Ron Micheli wrote to a Casper judge last month expressing support for a man who was awaiting sentencing for the rape of a Casper woman. Micheli and his wife Patty wrote to Judge David Park on behalf of 27-year-old Ty McDowell. Prosecutors say McDowell raped a woman last year after responding to a fraudulent advertisement the woman's former boyfriend posted on the Craigslist Internet site. The ad claimed the victim was seeking a man to carry out a "rape fantasy."