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Wyo. coal plant construction stalls for 17 years

April 3, 2013

An $800 million project that was slated to provide 100,000 homes with coal-fired power and supply dozens of people with full-time jobs has been stalled for 17 years.

The Two Elk Energy Park in northeast Wyoming has run into a variety of barriers, including the global financial crisis and...

EPA tweaks utility air toxics rule

April 1, 2013

U.S. EPA released tweaks to its final air toxics rule for power plants, as part of a very busy Good Friday regulatory release that also included a long-awaited sulfur emissions rule for gasoline (see related story).

EPA characterized the revision as mostly technical.

The updates to...

EPA, enviros urge Supreme Court to review cross-state rule

April 1, 2013

U.S. EPA and environmental groups today will ask the Supreme Court to review a federal court's ruling from last year that tossed out the agency's rule for air pollution that drifts across state lines.

In August 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit remanded...

Oil and gas battles move to Colo. statehouse

March 22, 2013

The battles over controls and oversight of the oil-and-gas industry — being fought in city councils and the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission — have arrived at the legislature.

As many as a dozen bills aimed at more tightly controlling oil and gas operations in the state are...

Company to stop oil exploration near Glacier NP

March 22, 2013

A Denver-based energy exploration company that has been searching for oil and gas on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation alongside Glacier National Park announced Tuesday that it would cease drilling and shut down the project.

The company, Anschutz Exploration Corp., released a statement...

Enviros, industry gird for Senate amendments on pipeline, EPA regs, more

March 20, 2013

The Senate is preparing for a marathon series of votes on budget amendments this week, with Republicans expected to press for roll calls on measures aimed at approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, blocking U.S. EPA climate change rules, ending renewable energy tax credits and expanding oil...

New power plant rule running late, with major changes possible

March 20, 2013

It's looking increasingly likely that U.S. EPA will miss its April 13 deadline to finalize its carbon dioxide rule for new power.

For one thing, the agency has yet to sign off on the rule internally and send it to the Office of Management and Budget to begin a review process that would...

Wyo. releases Upper Green River Basin ozone plan

March 18, 2013

Wyoming’s environmental regulators say they’ll soon start their plan to control pollution woes in a western Wyoming basin, part of an effort to get the area declassified as a trouble zone by federal agencies.

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality announced Thursday it will soon...

Groups take fight against BLM coal lease to appellate court

March 15, 2013

Environmental groups filed an appeal today of a federal judge's ruling that upheld the Bureau of Land Management's decision to lease more than 4,000 acres for coal mining in Wyoming.

The groups say U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly's ruling last...

Judge extends deadline for BLM to disclose firms that nominated Colo. tracts

March 14, 2013

A federal judge has given the Bureau of Land Management an extra month to release the names of the oil and gas companies that nominated federal lands for leasing in Colorado's North Fork Valley.

The order from U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch in Colorado was not opposed by the...

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