Cheyenne,Wy – The University of Wyoming has filed a minor source air permit application for a $100 million facility that will experiment with turning coal into gas. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality will review the application for the High Plains Gasification Advanced Technology Center. UW is seeking a synthetic minor source air permit for the gasification facility. The anticipated emissions will remain below the major source thresholds set out in state air quality permitting regulations.
Laramie, Wy – State oil and gas regulators are about to vote on rules that would require companies to disclose the chemicals used in a process that increases the productivity of oil and gas wells. Hydraulic fracturing involves pumping water, sand and chemicals down a well to open up deep fissures and improve the flow of oil or gas. Widespread "fracking" has increased concern nationwide that the chemicals could contaminate aquifers tapped for drinking water and irrigation. The rules before the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
Laramie, Wyo. – Forty-four people have been arrested in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado as part of an investigation into a methamphetamine trafficking operation. In Wyoming, the arrests were made between Wednesday and today.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Despite opposition from prominent state citizens, Governor Dave Freudenthal says he will support a proposed wind farm. The company Wasatch Wind has a proposal before the State Land and Investment Board to build a wind farm in central Wyoming.
Casper, Wy – Lawyers representing Wyoming's lone death row inmate are criticizing both his original state court prosecutor and defense lawyer in a federal appeal of his death sentence. Dale Wayne Eaton was sentenced to death in the 1988 rape and murder of 18-year-old Lisa Marie Kimmell, of Billings, Mont. She disappeared while driving from Colorado to Cody. Investigators in 2002 matched Eaton's DNA to her body and found her car buried on his property. Lawyers for Eaton's federal appeal filed papers this week
Casper, Wy – Over 40 people in three states have been arrested as part of an investigation into a suspected methamphetamine trafficking operation. Federal arrest warrants have been served on people in Wyoming,Colorado and Utah as of Thursday. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Cheyenne, John Powell, says nine pounds of meth have been seized along with several firearms and more than $100,000 in cash. Details of the investigation aren't know because documents will remain sealed until all arrest warrants are served.
Riverton, Wy – Fremont County School District 25 reports that its enrollment rates have increased significantly, while drop out rates have gone down. District 25 Superintendent Craig Beck says the student numbers in district schools have stabilized after it had been losing pupils. In the last three years, the school district is seeing an annual enrollment increase of at least 100 students. The superintendent says the more programs, tailored to what students want, are also cutting the dropout rate.