environment http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en BLM Considers Limiting Development On Wilderness-Type Areas Near Rawlins http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/blm-considers-limiting-development-wilderness-type-areas-near-rawlins <p>The Bureau of Land Management is considering protecting some areas in the Red Desert because of their scenic qualities.</p><p>The agency’s Sheila Lehman says they’re considering amending the Rawlins Resource Management Plan, to limit development on parcels of land with important wilderness characteristics.</p><p>“There’s the potential to maybe be able to preserve it a little bit more, or by mitigating certain things to keep that quality – that wilderness quality,” Lehman said.</p><p>Environmental groups are pleased.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:46:10 +0000 Willow Belden 57051 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org BLM Considers Limiting Development On Wilderness-Type Areas Near Rawlins Settlement Money For Tribal Members Finally In Sight http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/settlement-money-tribal-members-finally-sight <p>Long-awaited money from a settlement on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming is finally on its way.</p><p>The federal government is paying the tribes $157 million for underpayment of royalties on oil and gas development and improper management of royalties that were paid. Northern Arapaho spokesman Mark Howell says some people don’t have bank accounts and there were concerns they would not be able to cash their checks.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:34:54 +0000 Irina Zhorov 56992 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Settlement Money For Tribal Members Finally In Sight DEQ Director Todd Parfitt Says Agency Following Its Missions To “Protect, Conserve And Enhance” http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/deq-director-todd-parfitt-says-agency-following-its-missions-protect-conserve-and-enhance <p>We start off today’s show with a look at the agency that’s in charge of protecting the environment in Wyoming. Many of our reporting in the past has led us to conversations with angry landowners, and folks who have concerns about industry’s effects on the environment and human health.</p> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 00:27:01 +0000 Irina Zhorov 52775 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org DEQ Director Todd Parfitt Says Agency Following Its Missions To “Protect, Conserve And Enhance” Abandoned well plugging plan moves forward http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/abandoned-well-plugging-plan-moves-forward <p>The legislature’s Joint Minerals Committee is mostly onboard with a new plan to plug abandoned oil and gas wells in the state. The committee discussed the Governor’s plan at a meeting on Thursday. Senator Chris Rothfuss says while the committee had questions about some of the details, like the cost and timeline, there was a general agreement that the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission should move forward with the plugging.</p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:57:48 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 51356 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Abandoned well plugging plan moves forward A conversation about greenhouse gas regulations is needed, says WY lawmaker http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/conversation-about-greenhouse-gas-regulations-needed-says-wy-lawmaker <p>At today’s energy law conference in Laramie, one Wyoming lawmaker urged the state to be proactive in the discussion about greenhouse gas regulations.</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 23:44:26 +0000 Irina Zhorov 49863 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org A conversation about greenhouse gas regulations is needed, says WY lawmaker 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 Event to consider future management of the Snake River http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/event-consider-future-management-snake-river <p>The Summit on the Snake – an annual conference about use of the Snake River – will take place in Jackson this Saturday. Speakers will discuss the wildlife, history, ecology, and management of the Snake River and there will be a panel regarding the future of river management in Jackson Hole.</p><p>Snake River Fund Program Director, Margaret Creel, says the Bureau of Land Management will transfer management duties to Teton County soon, and the county needs to figure out how to manage the resource responsibly. Currently, river use is unregulated.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 22:52:47 +0000 Irina Zhorov 41991 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Event to consider future management of the Snake River Mining reclamation conference shares lessons for reclamation success http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mining-reclamation-conference-shares-lessons-reclamation-success <p>An international conference about mining reclamation ended in Laramie today. The American Society of Mining and Reclamation and the Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Center hosted the event, which featured technical presentations about reclamation issues as well as policy questions and case studies.</p><p>UW professor and director of the Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Center, Pete Stahl, says there were many Australian and Chinese stakeholders in attendance.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 19:07:46 +0000 Irina Zhorov 41962 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mining reclamation conference shares lessons for reclamation success Environmental groups sue BNSF Railways and coal producers http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/environmental-groups-sue-bnsf-railways-and-coal-producers <p>The Sierra Club and partner organizations filed a lawsuit today against BNSF Railways and several coal producers. The suit claims the companies are violating the federal Clean Water Act when they discharge coal dust along railways from the Powder River Basin without permits to do so.</p><p>Pacific Northwest Regional Press Secretary for Sierra Club’ Beyond Coal campaign, Krista Collard, says a letter of intent to file the suit was sent to all parties two months ago, but they did little to limit coal dust pollution.</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 22:11:58 +0000 Irina Zhorov 41854 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Environmental groups sue BNSF Railways and coal producers Wyoming hosts mining reclamation conference http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-hosts-mining-reclamation-conference <p>Mining industry representatives and researchers are gathering in Laramie this week for the meeting of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation. The last time Wyoming hosted the American Society of Mining and Reclamation was in 2007. Peter Stahl, director of the Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Center, says the fact that the industry gathering has returned to Wyoming so soon is a testament to the state’s role in the field of land reclamation. Tue, 04 Jun 2013 21:59:29 +0000 Irina Zhorov 41787 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming hosts mining reclamation conference WYDOT honored by DOT for Pinedale Initiative http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wydot-honored-dot-pinedale-initiative <p>The Federal Highway Administration is honoring the Wyoming Department of Transportation this week. Today, the department received the Exemplary Ecosystem Initiative Award for its 9.7 million dollar project near Pinedale. WYDOT is building highway overpasses and underpasses that allow wildlife to safely cross major roadways.</p><p>WYDOT District Engineer John Eddins says many big game species migrate through the Pinedale area every year, and more than 130 animals end up being killed by motor vehicles. Eddins says this project should drastically reduce collisions and roadkill.</p> Fri, 13 Jan 2012 01:22:21 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 18023 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org WYDOT honored by DOT for Pinedale Initiative