Sublette County http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Bar None, The Town Of Bar Nunn Sees Fastest Growth http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/bar-none-town-bar-nunn-sees-fastest-growth <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wyoming population&nbsp;is continuing to grow,&nbsp;increasing by one percent in 2013.&nbsp; That’s according to a new report by the Department of Information and Administration. &nbsp;Senior economist Amy Bittner&nbsp;says migration to cities in the energy-rich central part of the state accounted for&nbsp;most&nbsp;of the growth. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 22 May 2014 20:29:27 +0000 Melodie Edwards 58714 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Bar None, The Town Of Bar Nunn Sees Fastest Growth Pinedale Air Improves As State Toughens Industry Regs http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/pinedale-air-improves-state-toughens-industry-regs <p></p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:10:36 +0000 Willow Belden 56713 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Pinedale Air Improves As State Toughens Industry Regs Sublette County ozone forecasting resumes http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/sublette-county-ozone-forecasting-resumes <p>Ozone forecasting in Sublette County will begin again in January. <span id="0.5819999373036745" name="searchHitInReadingPane">Ozone</span> is a hazardous gas that’s formed under certain conditions by the combination of volatile organic compounds and nitrous oxides. In recent years Sublette County has seen spikes in <span id="0.9330231256242153" name="searchHitInReadingPane">ozone</span> during wintertime, particularly on days with no wind, lots of sunlight and snow on the ground.<br /> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 14:27:38 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 51826 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Sublette County ozone forecasting resumes Study shows Pinedale water contamination mostly unrelated to gas drilling http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/study-shows-pinedale-water-contamination-mostly-unrelated-gas-drilling <p>Pollutants have been showing up in water wells in the Pinedale Anticline gas field since 2006. Until recently, no one knew where the contamination was coming from. Now, the Bureau of Land Management and Department of Environmental Quality have released a report indicating that most of the problem was not caused by energy production. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports.</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 23:41:24 +0000 Willow Belden 50936 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Study shows Pinedale water contamination mostly unrelated to gas drilling Pollutants detected in water wells in Sublette County’s gas fields http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/pollutants-detected-water-wells-sublette-county-s-gas-fields <p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/field_offices/Pinedale/pawg/DataResults.html">Links to Sublette County water quality monitoring data</a></p><p><a href="https://earthbuilder.google.com/09308291954617778834-04069492940774464340-4/mapview/">Maps showing the locations of gas wells, water wells, and other hydrologic data</a></p> Fri, 10 May 2013 23:06:35 +0000 Willow Belden 40605 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Pollutants detected in water wells in Sublette County’s gas fields DEQ releases ozone strategy for Sublette County http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/deq-releases-ozone-strategy-sublette-county <p>BOB BECK: The Department of Environmental Quality has released a plan for tackling the ozone problem in Sublette County. Emissions from the energy industry there have combined to form a type of pollution called ozone, which can be a health hazard. Ozone levels have been so high that they violate federal standards, and the Environmental Protection Agency has given Wyoming three years to fix the problem.</p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 21:34:12 +0000 Bob Beck & Willow Belden 38068 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org DEQ releases ozone strategy for Sublette County New research seeks to answer key scientific questions about Sublette County ozone http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-research-seeks-answer-key-scientific-questions-about-sublette-county-ozone <p>Sublette County has an ozone problem. Ozone is produced by emissions from the oil and gas fields and contributes to smog, which can cause health problems.&nbsp; Several times in the past few years, ozone levels have exceeded federal limits, and the Environmental Protection Agency has given Wyoming three years to fix the problem. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality has been working with local residents and industry to come up with a solution. But that’s hard to do, because nobody understands the exact chemistry of ozone formation. Fri, 22 Feb 2013 23:55:44 +0000 Willow Belden 37080 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New research seeks to answer key scientific questions about Sublette County ozone Pinedale residents discuss DEQ’s response to ozone problem http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/pinedale-residents-discuss-deq-s-response-ozone-problem <p>Last year, a task force of citizens, energy industry reps, and local leaders got together to tackle the ozone problem in Sublette County. They came up with a list of recommendations for the Department of Environmental Quality. Among other things, they called for tougher regulations on industry and more rigorous air quality monitoring. In January, the Department of Environmental Quality met with the task force to discuss how they would respond to the recommendations. They said nothing was off the table, but that some recommendations could take a long time to implement. Fri, 22 Feb 2013 23:39:14 +0000 Willow Belden 37079 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Pinedale residents discuss DEQ’s response to ozone problem 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 DEQ discusses plans to manage ozone levels in Sublette County http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/deq-discusses-plans-manage-ozone-levels-sublette-county <p>The Department of Environmental Quality hosted a meeting on Thursday to discuss how it plans to fix Sublette county's air quality problems. Emissions from oil and gas production in the area have caused ozone, or smog, to form at levels that exceed federal limits. Wyoming Public Media's Willow Belden has the story.</p> Sat, 12 Jan 2013 00:38:24 +0000 Willow Belden 35162 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org DEQ discusses plans to manage ozone levels in Sublette County DEQ to announce plans for tackling Pinedale ozone problem http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/deq-announce-plans-tackling-pinedale-ozone-problem <p>Tomorrow, the Department of Environmental Quality will announce how it plans to fix air quality problems near Pinedale.</p><p>Emissions from oil and gas development in Sublette County have caused ozone, or smog, to form at levels that exceed federal limits. Last year, a community task force recommended possible solutions. They called for tougher regulations on industry and more rigorous air quality monitoring, among other things.</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 15:00:54 +0000 Willow Belden 35025 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org DEQ to announce plans for tackling Pinedale ozone problem Wyoming’s Unemployment Rate Falls Slightly http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-s-unemployment-rate-falls-slightly <p></p><p>The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reports that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 5.4 percent in September to 5.2percent in October. This is lower still than&nbsp;the same time last year, and much lower than the&nbsp;current&nbsp;national average of 7.9 percent.</p><p>Senior Economist David Bullard says the decrease is not statistically significant,&nbsp;but&nbsp;it does speak to Wyoming’s overall economic health.</p> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 22:27:07 +0000 Sara Hossaini 33093 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming’s Unemployment Rate Falls Slightly Wyoming strives to curb ozone levels to meet federal mandate http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-strives-curb-ozone-levels-meet-federal-mandate <p>Sublette County is home to two of Wyoming’s major oil and gas fields … and emissions from the energy production have caused smog to form – a type of smog called ozone. Ground-level ozone can cause and exacerbate respiratory problems. It’s also a problem for legal reasons: ozone levels in Sublette County have exceeded federal limits several times in the past few years. Now, the Environmental Protection Agency is stepping in. It’s designating Sublette County a “nonattainment area,” which means Wyoming is obligated to fix the problem. Fri, 18 May 2012 22:17:59 +0000 Willow Belden 24292 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming strives to curb ozone levels to meet federal mandate Ozone spikes put Sublette County on federal list of air quality violators http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/ozone-spikes-put-sublette-county-federal-list-air-quality-violators <p>&nbsp;It&rsquo;s official: The Environmental Protection Agency says Sublette County and parts of neighboring counties are violating federal air quality standards because ozone levels have gone above the legal limit multiple times in the past few years. It&rsquo;s widely recognized that the problem stems from emissions in the oil and gas industry. When you get the right combination of two types of emissions -- NOX and VOCs&nbsp; -- coupled with certain wintertime weather conditions, ground-level ozone forms. Fri, 11 May 2012 21:56:26 +0000 Willow Belden 23929 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Ozone spikes put Sublette County on federal list of air quality violators