pollution http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Setback Rule Review A Priority For Oil And Gas Commission http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/setback-rule-review-priority-oil-and-gas-commission <p>Interim Oil and Gas Supervisor Mark Watson says he's making it a priority to review Wyoming's setback rules.</p><p>Setback rules govern how close oil and gas development can be to things like houses and streams. The current limit is 350 feet.</p><p>At an Oil and Gas Commission meeting Tuesday night in Casper, several residents said they'd like to see the distance raised to a mile, because of concerns about potential health impacts of energy production. Watson says they're asking a lot.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:02:31 +0000 Willow Belden 56901 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Setback Rule Review A Priority For Oil And Gas Commission Linc Energy Charged With Causing Environmental Harm In Australia http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/linc-energy-charged-causing-environmental-harm-australia <p>A company proposing to open an underground coal gasification demonstration site in Wright has been charged with environmental violations in Australia. &nbsp;The charges could cost the company over two million dollars per violation.</p><p>Underground coal gasification involves igniting coal seams deep underground to produce syngas, which can then be processed into various liquid fuels or other chemicals. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>What exactly the environmental harm is has not yet been revealed.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:37:32 +0000 Irina Zhorov 56828 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Linc Energy Charged With Causing Environmental Harm In Australia Small Emission Sources Could Mean Big Pollution, But No One’s Counting http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/small-emission-sources-could-mean-big-pollution-no-one-s-counting <p>Some landowners with oil and gas wells on their property complain about emissions affecting their air quality and health. But though there may be a lot of wells, they’re considered small facilities, so their cumulative effects are never counted up and regulations are more lax than for large emitters. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov reports that that could be a problem since in aggregate, their pollution can be significant.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 00:15:52 +0000 Irina Zhorov 52773 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Small Emission Sources Could Mean Big Pollution, But No One’s Counting Wyoming’s Little Talked About Pollution Source: Trona Mines http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-s-little-talked-about-pollution-source-trona-mines-0 <p>Wyoming’s biggest export is soda ash, which comes from trona mines in Sweetwater County. Last year, the trona industry produced 17 million tons of soda ash for which the state received nearly $90 million in various taxes and royalties. But as Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov report, the industry has a dirty side, too.&nbsp;</p><p>IRINA ZHOROV: Wyoming is used to superlatives. The biggest coal bed, the largest mine, the most wind! Here’s another:</p><p>[VIDEO PLAYING: The silver retreats of Wyoming, USA is home to the largest reserve of trona. ]</p> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 00:07:44 +0000 Irina Zhorov 52772 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming’s Little Talked About Pollution Source: Trona Mines 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 Wyoming’s little talked about pollution source: trona mines http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-s-little-talked-about-pollution-source-trona-mines <p>Wyoming’s biggest export is soda ash, which comes from trona mines in Sweetwater County. Last year, the trona industry produced 17 million tons of soda ash for which the state received nearly $90 million in various taxes and royalties. But as Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov report, the industry has a dirty side, too.&nbsp;</p><p>IRINA ZHOROV: Wyoming is used to superlatives. The biggest coal bed, the largest mine, the most wind! Here’s another:</p><p>[VIDEO PLAYING: The silver retreats of Wyoming, USA is home to the largest reserve of trona. ]</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 23:33:08 +0000 Irina Zhorov 50935 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming’s little talked about pollution source: trona mines Environmental groups urge speedy development of pollution prevention plan for Pinedale http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/environmental-groups-urge-speedy-development-pollution-prevention-plan-pinedale <p>Environmental groups are urging the Bureau of Land Management to quickly develop a plan for preventing future groundwater pollution in the Pinedale Anticline gas fields.</p><p>The BLM released a report this week that said groundwater contamination in the area was mostly not a result of natural gas production. But Bruce Pendery with the Wyoming Outdoor Council says regulators still need to be vigilant in preventing potential future problems.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 01:17:59 +0000 Willow Belden 50410 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Environmental groups urge speedy development of pollution prevention plan for Pinedale 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 Metal-laden discharges from coal plants poorly regulated http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/metal-laden-discharges-coal-plants-poorly-regulated <p>A new report by the environmental group Sierra Club says at least three coal-fired power plants in Wyoming discharge pollution containing metals into streams. According to the report, some plants do not monitor how much waste they discharge or what it contains.</p><p>The Environmental Protection Agency says coal plants nationwide contribute more than half of the toxic pollutants discharged to water bodies by regulated industry, but discharge standards have not been updated since 1982.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 13:14:07 +0000 Irina Zhorov 44356 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Metal-laden discharges from coal plants poorly regulated New report says contaminated uranium site more complex than previously thought http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-report-says-contaminated-uranium-site-more-complex-previously-thought <p>The Department of Energy says that the high levels of uranium at a contaminated site on Wind River Reservation might not flush out of the groundwater naturally in 100 years, like they previously thought. &nbsp;</p><p>Tailings from a uranium mill that functioned at the Riverton Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act site in the 1960s left the area’s groundwater with high levels of uranium and the DOE took over management of the site in the late ‘80s.</p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 00:33:50 +0000 Irina Zhorov 43523 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New report says contaminated uranium site more complex than previously thought Wyoming landfill legislation should improve water quality despite decades-long delay http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-landfill-legislation-should-improve-water-quality-despite-decades-long-delay <p></p><p></p> Tue, 07 May 2013 23:04:49 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 40422 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming landfill legislation should improve water quality despite decades-long delay Minimal upgrades will be required of Wyoming's coal fired power plants http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/minimal-upgrades-will-be-required-wyomings-coal-fired-power-plants <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Environmental Protection Agency will require pollution controls be improved at the Jim Bridger plant near Rock Springs and the Dave Johnson plant near Glenrock, but some don&rsquo;t think the requirements go far enough.&nbsp; The changes are part of the E-P-A&rsquo;s regional haze plan for Wyoming.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 May 2012 22:47:47 +0000 Bob Beck 24231 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Minimal upgrades will be required of Wyoming's coal fired power plants