Wyoming wants high court to dismiss Montana Lawsuit

Wyoming will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Montana over the two states’ water rights to the Powder and Tongue rivers.

Wyoming State Engineer Pat Tyrrell, who was in Gillette on Thursday, said that Montana’s claims that Wyoming is unfairly taking more than its legal share of both surface and groundwater from the Powder and Tongue rivers before they cross into Montana is “not relevant.” In fact, the compact that governs water rights between the two states — the Yellowstone Compact of 1951 — does not address groundwater flows at all, he said.

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Energy money secures Wyoming sage grouse easement

JACKSON (AP) — Money from oil and gas field developers in southwest Wyoming has been used to help buy a conservation easement on ranchland to protect sage grouse habitat.

The Conservation Fund announced it has completed a project with partners that will protect 1,042 acres of sage grouse habitat on a ranch southwest of Daniel.

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U.S. needs cleaner fuels than tar sands oil

WASHINGTON – Anything that allows America to continue its dependence on carbon fossil fuels – whether the sprawling tar sands of Canada or the petroleum pools under Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge – completely misses the point about shifting to alternative energy sources.

Alternative sources should be real energy alternatives like wind, solar and geothermal power rather than alternative fossil fuel sources that often give off more greenhouse gases than conventional crude oil. Without making that crucial distinction we will continue to stoke the boilers of global warming that are destroying our planet’s all-too fragile environment at an ever-increasing rate.

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