New ozone regulations could affect Wyoming energy sector

The EPA’s announcement Wednesday was encouraging to local air quality advocates, even though many scientists had advised the agency to make its standards even more stringent than the ones it eventually adopted.

“The new ruling has created a different playing field for the energy industry in the Upper Green River Basin” said Bruce Pendery, air quality expert for the Wyoming Outdoor Council. “They are going to have to find ways to adapt, to ensure public health is protected.”

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Wyoming Range exposes problem

Two weeks ago, a hearing was held in Washington D.C. on the Wyoming Range Legacy Act of 2007, an act that will help spare at least one space from pillage.

Report after report shows the displacement of big game animals as roads and well pads are built. Mule deer, elk and pronghorn avoid these areas. Fragmentation of habitat breaks up crucial winter range, causing animals to move to less desirable places, putting their survival into question.

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Wyoming’s Freudenthal says negotiations progressing on GE coal plant

CHEYENNE (AP) — Gov. Dave Freudenthal said construction could start as soon as this summer on a coal research plant the University of Wyoming is developing with General Electric Co.

The Wyoming Legislature in the session that wrapped up last week put up $20 million for the project. The money comes from federal payments to the state aimed at addressing reclamation of abandoned mine lands.

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