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Pollutants Detected in Water Wells In Wyoming Gas Fields (audio)
Pollutants in Sublette County WY have been showing up in water wells. In 2007, extensive testing began and hydrocarbons were detected in 85 wells, several exceeded the DEQ's limit for safe drinking water. The source of the pollutants is unknown.
North Dakota communities receive EPA clean-up funds
Environmental Protection Agency awarded a total of $800,000 to Minot and New Rockford, North Dakota as part of a program to assess, cleanup and redevelop contaminated properties.
Xcel Benefits from NCAR Solar, Wind forecasting
Xcel has contracted with Boulder-based National Center for Atmospheric Research to find ways to account for extreme weather events and to enhance the development of wind forecasting, enabling more efficient use of the plants and fuel
Court Ordered Review of Ruby Pipeline Underway (audio)
Conservation groups in Utah argue that the BLM erred in approving the 678 mile long pipeline, claiming the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service expert assessment failed to fully consider a number of endangered species in the pipeline's path.
Kalispell Schools looking at Energy Efficiency to Cut Costs
One of Kalispell's oldest schools is looking for a way to pay for necessary heating and cooling system upgrades, in order to save money and increase energy efficiency.
Wyoming DEQ's engine emissions study shows mixed compliance in oil and gas fields
Most oil and gas fields in WY run off engines that emit pollutants into the air. A study set out to evaluate the emissions from these generators.
A Fight in Colorado Over Uranium Mines
Environmental groups in Colorado contend uranium mines should be forced to clean up, saying these abandoned sites serve as ongoing source of pollution and provide great potential for radioactive contamination.
Oil, gas companies urged to clean, reuse muck in Colorado, but process expensive
Technology exists to clean liquid waste right up to drinking water standards, but it's expensive, about three times as costly as buying fresh water for drilling and fracking. State regulators don't require oil and gas companies to deploy such technology.
Ethanol producer penalized for risk management and chemical reporting violations at South Dakota facilities
Advanced BioEnergy, LLC, has agreed to pay penalties of $136,500 to settle claims related to violations at its Huron and Aberdeen, S.D. ethanol production facilities.
Cheyenne company building project aimed at revolutionizing wind industry
A company in Wyoming is developing experimental hydraulic wind turbines that allow operators to control and store the energy generated. The company plans to prove itself with a nine turbine, 10 megawatt farm.
DEQ installs air quality monitors in Casper, Rock Springs Wyoming
DEQ Spokesman Keith Guille says they want to find out what pollutants are in the air, and whether they're occurring at levels that are hazardous to public health.
Montana Megaloads MEPA Exemption Bill (audio)
A state representative from Miles City wants to exempt oversize vehicles from having to undergo a review under the Montana Environmental Policy Act.
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