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Do today's spills stem from yesterday's boom?

That the commission took a hard stance this week against two bad actors is commendable. But it can also be argued that the state is paying today for past leniency toward the industry during boom times.

Wyoming is currently dealing with an oil spill into Emigrant Creek south of Rawlins and oil sheens in the North Platte River near the old Amoco refinery site in Casper. Last spring, a CBS News investigation found that Wyoming — by a long shot — was responsible for the highest volume of oil and gas spills in the United States — 10.3 million gallons in 2010 compared to a distant second Texas at 4.5 million gallons.

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Judge: DM&E’s abuse of eminent domain cost landowners dearly

Judge: DM&E’s abuse of eminent domain cost landowners dearly The potential to abuse Wyoming’s eminent domain laws was clearly noted this week in a ruling by U.S. District Judge William Downes. On Wednesday, Downes issued a ruling blasting the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad Corp. — now owned by Canadian Pacific Railway — for “abuse […]

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Railroad wins in coal dust-up

Before you roll your eyes thinking this is another ploy by environmentalists to poke Big Coal in the eye, consider this; Suppressing coal dust from loaded trains is a matter of national security.

In 2005, back-to-back derailments in the southern Powder River Basin temporarily cut more than 20 million tons of expected deliveries, throwing utilities into a panic as their stockpiles shrank to a little more than a week’s supply in some cases.

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Ozone spikes aren't Mother Nature's fault

Ozone spikes aren’t Mother Nature’s fault Metropolitan-type smog pollution spiked past federal thresholds 13 times this winter and triggered 10 state-issued advisories, warning people in the Pinedale area to avoid going outdoors — in Wyoming. It’s a source of major frustration and embarrassment for the state. “From my perspective as governor, you know, I do […]