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EPA science review confirms ozone/disease link

February 18, 2013

A U.S. EPA science review has reaffirmed that exposure to ozone -- a precursor to smog -- is associated with respiratory and cardiovascular disease and death.

The 1,200-page integrated science assessment, released Friday, is the first update to EPA's ozone review since 2006 and is meant...

Land, Water Conservation Fund bill reintroduced

February 18, 2013

After losing a close effort at the end of last year, U.S. Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester, both Montana Democrats, have again offered a bill to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

The program draws money from offshore oil and gas royalties for projects benefiting fish,...

Montana coal to be shipped through Wash. port

February 15, 2013

Gillette-based Cloud Peak Energy Inc. signed a deal to ship up to 16 million metric tons of coal a year through the Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point in Bellingham, Wash., the two companies announced Wednesday.

The coal will be exported to Asia, Colin Marshall, Cloud Peak Energy’s...

Colorado oil and gas well setback fight headed to state legislature

February 13, 2013

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission approved 500-foot buffers between new wells and homes on Monday, but the state legislature may have a final say on the issue.

The oil and gas industry opposed the new setback, which will replace a 350-foot rule for urban areas and 150 feet...

BLM drops controversial North Fork Valley parcels from lease sale

February 6, 2013

The Bureau of Land Management announced this morning it will remove from its February oil and gas lease sale 20,000 acres in the North Fork Valley in response to protests and criticism from residents.

The BLM received nearly 200 protests from ranchers, wineries, real estate professionals...

Colorado communities fight energy land leases

February 4, 2013

For a glimpse into the complications of President Obama’s “all of the above” energy policy, follow a curling mountain road through the aspens and into central Colorado’s North Fork Valley, where billboards promote “gently grown” fruits and farmers sell fresh milk and raw honey from pay-what-you-...

Utah activists push lawmakers to back ‘clean air pledge’

January 30, 2013

Fed up with Utah’s inversion-driven polluted air, a group of activists is launching an initiative aimed at pushing state lawmakers for a commitment to work on the problem.

In recent weeks, Utah’s air has been so bad that several of the state’s cities were ranked atop the Environmental...

New hydro-electric plant in Yellowstone NP cuts costs, emissions

January 28, 2013

For centuries, various waters and thermal features across Yellowstone National Park have spouted steam, sulfur and silica during countless eruptions. Now, one stream in the park is emitting dimes.

At least that’s how Yellowstone project engineer Peter Galindo saw it on Wednesday, as park...

Colo. county extends moratorium on new oil and gas development

January 28, 2013

Boulder County's current temporary moratorium on processing new oil and gas drilling applications -- a year-long time-out set to expire in another week and a half -- will be extended through June 10, county commissioners decided Thursday night.

County staffers had sought the additional...

Questions trail court order on cross-state air pollution rule

January 28, 2013

A federal court's refusal to reconsider its decision that tossed out a U.S. EPA program for air pollution that drifts across state lines has regulators and advocates for industry and environmental groups scratching their heads.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia...

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