WPR News
7:41 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

Gov's office: Problems likely with drilling plan

CHEYENNE, wyo – Gov. Dave Freudenthal's office says it has significant concerns after taking an advance look at a draft plan to allow 136 gas wells in the Wyoming Range.

Deputy Chief of Staff Ryan Lance says the governor's office wants Houston-based Plains Exploration and Production Co. to agree to a "very high bar" before drilling.

The project would be the first drilling within the boundaries set by the Wyoming Range Legacy Act since President Obama signed it into law last year.

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WPR News
7:40 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

Group files appeal in anticline lawsuit

JACKSON, wyo – A conservation group has filed an appeal in its lawsuit over wildlife in the Pinedale Anticline gas field.

The appeal filed by the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership follows a recent report showing a significant decline in mule deer numbers on the anticline.

A court in 2008 ruled against the group. That decision allowed plans to expand the Pinedale Anticline gas field to move ahead.

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5:54 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

Republican victories in election benefit Wyoming

Wyoming – Experts say the recent midterm elections could have a significant impact on Wyoming despite the state's Congressional delegation remaining exactly the same. Manuel Quinones explains from Washington.

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5:52 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

Debt Commission is coming to Cheyenne

5:50 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

UW professor has a new book coming out on a neglected topic

Wyoming – The University of Wyoming's Department of Economics and Finance continues to be recognized as one of the best in the country. One of the professors in the Department, Ed Barbier, focuses on the economics of the environment and resources. Barbier has written a new book called "Scarcity and Frontiers: How Economies Have Evolved Through Natural Resource Exploitation." The book is primarily a historical analysis of that topic. Ed Barbier joins Renny MacKay to talk about the book

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5:48 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

Historian looks for levity in history

Wyoming – University of Wyoming historian and author Phil Roberts and his brothers Steven and David are co-authors of the latest edition of the "Wyoming Almanac." It is available in book stores. Phil Roberts presents some fun facts about Wyoming he has found during his research.

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5:47 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

Wyoming company cleans up oil spills with beetle killed trees

Wyoming – A company based in Buffalo, Wyoming has come up with an interesting use for bark beetle killed trees. They are processing the wood to clean up oil spills. Dennis Quenneville is in charge of sales of marketing for L-B-I Renewable. He tells Renny MacKay the company started out three years ago making kitty litter from beetle killed wood.

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5:45 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

The work of a governor in waiting

Wyoming – On January 3rd governor elect Matt Mead will take office. Until that time, all Mead has to do is hire a staff and cabinet, understand and adjust the state supplemental budget, and have a grasp and opinion on key legislative issues. It s a lot to learn in about two months and Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck reports Mead is feverishly working to get ready .

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5:44 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

Group that provides Wyoming lawmakers with proposed bills draws fire

Wyoming – This week several Wyoming lawmakers traveled to Washington D-C for a meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC states that its mission is to advance principles like limited government, a free market and federalism. A lot of this is done by creating legislation for state governments. But, it has drawn some criticism and even the label of secretive, but supporters say the organization plays an important role in state government. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports.

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5:42 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

More rate hikes on the way for utility customers

Wyoming – Wyoming's largest electrical utility, Rocky Mountain Power, is petitioning to raise rates by more than 20 percent for residential customers. If approved, the increase will be the sixth in six years. And the company isn't alone - every one of the four investor-owned electric utilities in the state has hiked prices since 2009. Wyoming Public Radio's Molly Messick has this story about the causes and effects of rising rates.

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