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  • Study: Pollution causing Wyoming health issues

    Nicole Pollack, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|May 18, 2023

    CASPER — Air pollution from oil and gas production is harming Wyomingites’ health, a new study says. Researchers from Boston University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, PSE Healthy Energy and the Environmental Defense Fund compared emissions of a trio of pollutants — nitrogen oxide, ozone and fine particulates — to rates of respiratory and cardiovascular hospitalization and childhood asthma in 2016. Their peer-reviewed analysis, which was published May 8 in the journal Environmental Research: Health, found that oil and gas act...

  • Utility moves away from coal

    Nicole Pollack, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 6, 2023

    CASPER – Wyoming’s largest utility doesn’t see much coal in its future. By 2030, only two of Rocky Mountain Power’s 11 Wyoming coal-burning units will remain, according to the biennial Integrated Resource Plan it filed Friday with state regulators. It plans to convert a handful of others to run on natural gas — and keep those gas units open until some combination of renewables, storage and advanced nuclear becomes established enough to take their place. The utility has opted to preserve coal use at one Glenrock unit for an extra 12 years, bu...

  • Wyoming looks to grow its manufacturing sector

    Nicole Pollack, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 13, 2022

    CASPER — Wyoming leaders are effectively laying the groundwork for manufacturing sector growth, but the state’s new industries and shifting workforce will need continued support in the years ahead, panelists said at an economic development event Friday. The panel — one of several convened in Jackson by the Wyoming Energy Authority, Wyoming Business Council, University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources and the Atlantic Council, an international affairs think tank — focused on the future of Wyoming’s efforts to diversify its economy....

  • Judge halts federal coal leasing

    Nicole Pollack, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Aug 18, 2022

    CASPER — The federal government must reevaluate the environmental impacts of coal mining on federal lands before it can issue new leases, a judge ruled Friday. Just over a week after he ordered the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to revise its coal leasing allowances in the Powder River Basin for a second time, U.S. District Judge Brian Morris of Montana found that a Trump-era environmental review of coal leasing “was arbitrarily curtailed and failed to consider relevant factors.” He reinstated an Obama-era moratorium on most federal coal...

  • Nuclear firm TerraPower raises $750M from investors

    Nicole Pollack, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Aug 18, 2022

    CASPER — TerraPower, the advanced nuclear developer planning to build a demonstration reactor in Kemmerer by 2028, announced Monday that it has raised $750 million from new private investments. The bulk of the funding came from Bill Gates, the company’s founder, and subsidiaries of SK Group, a major South Korean energy and technology conglomerate that contributed $250 million. “To our knowledge, no other advanced nuclear company has achieved an investment of this magnitude, and we have continued interest from the financial community,” said Te...

  • Bison eyed for Endangered Species Act protection

    Nicole Pollack, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jun 9, 2022

    CASPER — Another iconic Yellowstone species is being considered again for Endangered Species Act protections. Threats to the park’s plains bison — including loss of habitat and migration routes as well as the spread of disease — are concerning enough that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct a year-long review of the subpopulation’s conservation status, the agency announced Friday. The decision, which was be published in the Federal Register on Monday, comes after a federal judge ruled in January that Fish and Wildlife Service f...

  • As closure nears, miners grapple with next steps

    Nicole Pollack, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 28, 2021

    CASPER — With four weeks left before Wyoming’s last underground coal mine shutters, the employee transition is well underway. The long-anticipated closure of the Bridger Underground Coal Mine was originally expected to impact 94 mine workers, according to the layoff notice sent to the Rock Springs City Council a month ago. The number of affected staff has since fallen to 89 and is continuing to shrink as staff leave to start new jobs. “Employees are aware that the mine will be closing,” said Tiffany Erickson, media relations manager for Roc...