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DEQ to investigate whistle-blower complaints about Black Hills Bentonite

Wyoming environmental regulators will investigate complaints that a bentonite mining company regularly violated rules and escaped proper oversight, Gov. Mark Gordon’s spokesman confirmed. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality will... Full story

 

Elk populations 'above objective' as hunting season heats up

Elk are plentiful in Wyoming as the state’s famed elk hunting season gets underway, according to Game and Fish Department estimates. The agency early this year estimated populations to be 29 percent above objective for those herds it counts, accord... Full story

 

Wyoming sage grouse count falls by 21 percent

Trained observers across Wyoming counted an average of 21 percent fewer male sage grouse on breeding-ground leks in 2019 compared to 2018, the state’s sage grouse biologist said Wednesday, an expected decline that continues a three-year trend. This... Full story

 

Governor makes sage grouse 'expansion' voluntary in new order

Gov. Mark Gordon has drawn praise from conservationists in adopting “the vast majority” of recommended changes to his greater sage grouse protective order. But in the new executive order Gordon signed last week, he balked at a recommendation that... Full story

 

Groups: Current Moneta oilfield discharges violate law

Two conservation groups allege that existing flows of produced water from the Moneta Divide oil and gas field violate federal and state environmental laws, this amid a contentious public debate over the proposed permitting of additional discharges. T... Full story

 

Lawmakers explore storing spent nuclear fuel

Wyoming legislative leadership voted by email Monday to explore temporarily storing spent nuclear fuel rods in the state, a prospect one senator says could bring in $1 billion a year. A legislative committee has appointed six of its members to... Full story

 

Analysts hit plan to dump oilfield pollutants into Wind River

Four groups are calling for Wyoming’s DEQ to reject Aethon Energy’s application to dump millions of gallons and thousands of tons of oil- and gas-field pollutants above Boysen Reservoir in a scathing scientific review of the company’s... Full story

 

APRIL 1 - Permit eyes tons of oilfield pollutants for Boysen, Wind River

Millions of gallons of tainted water carrying thousands of tons of oilfield pollutants could flow into Boysen Reservoir and the Wind River each month under a proposed Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality permit, but without substantially... Full story

 

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