Converse County http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Native Bacteria Used To Clean-Up Uranium Mines http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/native-bacteria-used-clean-uranium-mines <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A bacteria found naturally in the soil around uranium deposits may become a powerful tool in cleaning up old mine sites. A group of University of Wyoming scientists are collaborating with </span>Cameco<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a uranium mining company in Converse County. They’re experimenting with the bacteria’s ability to convert soluble uranium that can contaminate groundwater into less harmful solid form.</span></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:11:33 +0000 Melodie Edwards 61900 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Native Bacteria Used To Clean-Up Uranium Mines Bill Rekindles Debate Over Split Estate http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/bill-rekindles-debate-over-split-estate <p>There’s a fight brewing in Wyoming over the rights of landowners who don’t own the minerals below their properties. In 2005, the legislature passed a Split Estate law, but now, one lawmaker is saying it may be time to revisit the issue, in light of changes in drilling technology and intensity.</p><p>Senator Jim Anderson introduced a bill this week that would increase bonding on split-estate properties. Wyoming Public Radio energy reporter Stephanie Joyce joins us to discuss the bill, and its implications.</p><p>WILLOW BELDEN: So, what does this bill do?</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:12:18 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 54052 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Bill Rekindles Debate Over Split Estate Growth In Energy Production Prompts Concerns Over Air Monitoring Network http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/growth-energy-production-prompts-concerns-over-air-monitoring-network <p>We’ve reported often on the effects that energy production can have on air quality. The most obvious example is Pinedale, where federal ambient air quality standards were violated, largely because of emissions from natural gas production. Regulators say the air elsewhere in the state is fine. But some worry that Wyoming doesn’t have a sufficient monitoring network to know for sure. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports.</p> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 00:21:28 +0000 Willow Belden 52774 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Growth In Energy Production Prompts Concerns Over Air Monitoring Network Oil and gas could see new setback rules http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/oil-and-gas-could-see-new-setback-rules <p>The head of the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission says his agency will consider changing setback rules. Those are the rules that govern how far away oil and gas operations, such as wells, have to be from things like houses.</p><p>Grant Black spoke at a public meeting in Douglas last night. He says currently, the setback rule is the same, regardless of whether you’re dealing with a home or something else. But he says that could change.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:56:27 +0000 Willow Belden 52692 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Oil and gas could see new setback rules Air monitor stays in Converse County http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/air-monitor-stays-converse-county <p></p><p>The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality has decided to keep an air quality monitor in Converse County for another year.</p><p>DEQ placed a mobile monitor near Douglas after residents voiced concerns about emissions from new energy development in the area. So far, there’s no indication that air quality standards have been violated, but there were several days with high pollution levels.</p><p>Typically, DEQ moves their mobile air quality monitors to new locations each year, but the agency’s Cara Keslar says they want to keep a close eye on this area.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 00:52:02 +0000 Willow Belden 52427 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Air monitor stays in Converse County Nat. gas processing facility rejects alternative site in Converse County http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/nat-gas-processing-facility-rejects-alternative-site-converse-county <p>Frustrated landowners in Converse County sat down last week with a company that’s proposing to build a natural gas processing facility outside of Douglas to discuss alternative locations for the plant.</p><p>Crestwood Midstream Access’ plant would be situated in a largely agricultural area, and nearby ranchers have protested, saying it would be better to group it with existing industrial development.&nbsp;</p><p>But there are no land use regulations in Converse County, so rancher Art Nicholas proposed a trade: a parcel of his land south of the city in exchange for the site.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 01:44:50 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 50412 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Nat. gas processing facility rejects alternative site in Converse County Converse County air quality monitoring in question http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/converse-county-air-quality-monitoring-question <p>The Department of Environmental Quality says it’s not clear whether they will continue monitoring air quality in Converse County after this year.</p><p>DEQ began the monitoring about a year ago, because of public concern about emissions from oil and gas development. So far, their data does not indicate any violations of air quality standards but there have been several days with high pollution levels. The agency’s Cara Keslar says they’ll probably move the monitoring station to another location after they’ve collected a full year of data.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 18:00:29 +0000 Willow Belden 50139 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Converse County air quality monitoring in question Pollution spikes in Converse County spark concerns over oil and gas expansion http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/pollution-spikes-converse-county-spark-concerns-over-oil-and-gas-expansion <p>Converse County is seeing an increasing amount of energy development, and some residents worry that air quality could suffer as a result. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality and researchers from the University of Wyoming are now monitoring air quality in the area.</p><p>On the whole, they’ve found that the air is pretty clean. But they’ve also documented times when pollution levels have spiked. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 22:36:08 +0000 Willow Belden 49990 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Pollution spikes in Converse County spark concerns over oil and gas expansion Converse County wrestles with development planning http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/converse-county-wrestles-development-planning <p>Converse County is one of six counties in Wyoming with no land use regulations. When a proposal to develop zoning came up a decade ago, it went nowhere. But as development associated with the oil and gas boom in the Niobrara explodes, the county is struggling with questions of how to make sure it happens responsibly. And as Wyoming Public Radio’s Stephanie Joyce reports, some residents are starting to question the costs of not planning.<br /> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 23:01:50 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 49642 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Converse County wrestles with development planning Air quality research to begin in Sublette and Converse Counties http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/air-quality-research-begin-sublette-and-converse-counties <p>Researchers at the University of Wyoming are planning to map out the emissions coming from natural gas fields in Sublette County.</p><p>The area violates federal air quality standards because emissions from the energy industry have caused high levels of ozone, which is a type of smog, to form.</p><p>Rob Field is leading the project. He says they’ll use high-tech mobile monitors to measure air quality.</p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 18:57:26 +0000 Willow Belden 35847 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Air quality research to begin in Sublette and Converse Counties Converse County oil boom draws concerns from residents http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/converse-county-oil-boom-draws-concerns-residents <p>In October, we reported that Chesapeake Energy had drilled a series of oil wells near Douglas, very close to people’s houses. Chesapeake says the area will likely continue to be a core drilling region. That has some area residents uneasy. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports.</p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 23:50:13 +0000 Willow Belden 33800 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Converse County oil boom draws concerns from residents Eastern Wyoming College Moves Forward with New Douglas Campus http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/eastern-wyoming-college-moves-forward-new-douglas-campus-0 <p></p><p>For the last 80 years, Eastern Wyoming College’s satellite campus in Douglas was located in a former elementary school. President&nbsp;Tom Armstrong&nbsp;of Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington says it served proudly, but has worn out. He says the effort to secure funding for a new 30,000 square-foot building was five&nbsp;years in the making. And with voter approval of a temporary one-cent tax to fund construction this November, he says the College will soon be able to serve many more students.</p> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 23:41:33 +0000 Sara Hossaini 32821 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Eastern Wyoming College Moves Forward with New Douglas Campus