Environment

Energy china-coal

Wyoming, China dream of a coal-chemical bridge to future energy

August 19, 2014

Coal-rich partners eye byproducts from coal as a commercial driver to eventual zero-CO2 emissions coal power plants.

Environment mule-deer

Help sought for ravaged mule deer

August 19, 2014

Across Wyoming, an iconic species’ numbers have dropped 36 percent.

Environment Pavillion

Pavillion water investigation continues at a slow drip

August 12, 2014

Prelim “well integrity” report notes missing data, no evidence of leaky gas wells.

Energy Pavillion gas

Probe of Pavillion gas wells finds a need for more data

August 8, 2014

Initial well-integrity report finds gas wells were properly drilled and maintained, more study needed to determine source of water contamination.

Energy sage grouse

Ad campaign blames ‘activist lawyers,’ bad science for looming grouse listing

August 7, 2014

Sage grouse proponents blast O&G industry for misinformation campaign.

Environment Ravens

Poison a tool in Wyoming’s war on ravens

August 5, 2014

For now, the bird is being killed to keep industrial sites clean and livestock safe, but all eyes are on ravens’ effect on fragile sage …

Environment Ken Rose

A professor in the field

August 3, 2014

Ken Rose has studied fossils in Wyoming’s Bighorn basin for more than 40 years, reconstructing the paleo-ecology of the area.

Environment Ken Rose

Bighorn Basin fossils could teach about climate change

August 3, 2014

Discoveries in the heart of Wyoming are — technically — off limits to its students due to state’s ban on Next Generation Science Standards.

Environment Firefighter-radio

Retired firefighters; wildland colleagues in danger

July 22, 2014

A small group of retired wildland firefighting managers says safety reforms are needed to save lives.

Environment firefighters-bulletin

Firefighter safety started in Wyoming

July 22, 2014

The Blackwater Fire west of Cody killed 15 firefighters in 1937.

Environment air regulation

A Wyoming two step for better air regulations

Commentary by Guest Column July 17, 2014 July 17, 2014

Wyoming can improve upon air quality regulations by applying them evenly throughout the state.

Environment Wildfire

WILDFIRE: Battle lines drawn over fixing budget crisis

July 17, 2014

The Forest Service has run out of appropriated suppression money eight times in the past decade, forcing it to siphon money from non-fire accounts.

Environment burned out

Burned out and moved out

July 15, 2014

Family decides not to rebuild forest home after devastating fire.

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Bighorn sheep survive migration loss, now pressed by skiers

July 8, 2014

Backcountry recreation reduces winter range for a unique herd of bighorn sheep that lives year-round in the Tetons.

Environment Wyoming dams

Mead wants feedback on more Wyoming dams

June 24, 2014

A survey seeks feedback to guide planning for new Wyoming dams and water projects under Gov. Matt Mead’s statewide water strategy.

Environment sage grouse

Mead wants feds to reverse sage grouse status

June 17, 2014

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead wants the federal government remove the sage grouse as a candidate for protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Environment ammonia plant

Board splits in approving $350M Simplot ammonia plant

June 10, 2014

One Industrial Siting Council member can’t support plant that’s only 30 percent designed.

Environment Yellowstone Grizzly Bear

Wyo. governor pushing Jewell to quickly delist Yellowstone grizzlies

May 27, 2014

Environmental groups have had differing opinions on whether to delist the grizzlies in the Yellowstone region.

Environment mule deer migration

America’s longest mule deer migration discovered in Wyoming

April 22, 2014

The discovery of America’s longest mule deer migration by Wyoming scientists adds to a burgeoning awareness of where animals move and why they move.

Energy North Dakota coal-burning power plant

EPA: Climate regs won’t crimp North Dakota’s energy boom

March 4, 2014

EPA’s goal is to write a rule that reduces Earth-warming CO2 emissions without threatening energy reliability. The Obama administration wants its rule to avoid significant …