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Wyoming Regulators Cite 6 Companies for Air Pollution
Six companies in Wyoming were cited for air pollution concerns by the Department of Environmental Quality, including excessive dust emissions, an unpermitted coal screen device and vapors escaping from natural gas field equipment.
Utah Governor delegates air quality improvements lead to nonprofit
Gov. Henry Herbert's 'Utah Clean Air Partnership' (UCAIR) spun off into an independent nonprofit that will harness the best practices of business, industry, government and other nonprofits to drive innovation and educate people on cleaning up Utah's air.
Wyoming Officials Unveil Pre-Drilling Water Testing Tubes
In order to avoid residential well contamination from hydraulic fracturing, Wyoming oil and natural gas producers could be required to conduct multiple baseline water tests before and during drilling and production.
Sierra Club Sues Over Coal Dust From Uncovered Trains in Columbia River Gorge
Environmental groups sued BNSF railway and coal companies in federal court, charging them with polluting the Columbia River and other water bodies with coal dust from Montana and Wyoming coal being transported for export to Asia.
Sportsmen Petition To Protect Wyoming Range From Oil and Gas Production
Over two dozen outdoor advocacy groups wrote to the US Forest Service asking to remove 45,000 acres of land in the Wyoming Range from consideration for oil and gas leases, stating the land comprises vital habitats for mule deer, moose and cutthroat trout.
Wyoming Company Plans Wind Farm Near Wheatland, Chugwater
A Wyoming company is planning to open one of the state's largest wind farms. The 900 megawatt, 300 turbine farm is scheduled to begin production in 2016.
Utah wind company seeks permit delay for proposed wind farm
Wasatch Wind is asking a state board for more time to prove it can fund its planned wind power project near Glenrock, claiming a series of legal challenges have slowed its progress by more than a year.
Wyoming officials examine newly released federal fracking rules
WY governor Matt Mead has said before that he doesn't think federal fracking rules are necessary, given Wyoming's own rules, but a spokesperson said Thursday afternoon that Mead still hadn't formed an opinion about what was released.
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.
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