Washington, DC – Congressional investigators say oil and gas companies have injected more than 32 million gallons of fluids containing diesel fuel in a widely used technique known as hydraulic fracturing.
Democratic lawmakers say the practice by large companies, such as Halliburton and BJ Services Co., appears to violate the Safe Drinking Water Act, because the companies did not obtain needed permits for use of diesel fuel.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Senate Education Committee has approved a teacher accountability bill that bases teacher evaluations in part on teacher performance. The committee has already passed another broader accountability bill, and a bill to remove teacher tenure.
Senator Hank Coe chairs the committee, and he says that he likes aspects of all three bills. "The bills have a lot of the same stuff in it, he said. "As they meld together I think we will have one bill, but I don't know how it's going to work."
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Sen. John Barrasso has introduced legislation that would prevent the federal government from regulating greenhouse gases for the purpose of addressing climate change without specific approval from Congress.
The Wyoming Republican has seven co-sponsors, including fellow Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi.
Barrasso says in a statement released Monday that it's time for the Obama administration to give up its attempt to implement cap and trade through administrative rulemaking.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming House has given initial approval to a bill that would keep government officials from enforcing provisions in the new federal health care law. The bill also calls the law "unconstitutional."
State Superintendent Cindy Hill discusses reform ideas
Wyoming – State Superintendant Cindy Hill is watching the legislature work on all these education bills and she admits that she has mixed emotions about some of the legislation. Hill does like it when state leaders put improving education on the radar, but does worry when new regulations could cause more harm than good. She speaks with Bob Beck.