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Study: Most sources of methane hot spot are gas facilities

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DENVER (AP) — Most methane sources contributing to a puzzling concentration of the greenhouse gas over the Southwestern United States appear to be natural gas production facilities, scientists said Monday. Researchers identified more than 250 sources of a methane hot spot over the Four Corners region of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. They include gas wells, storage tanks, pipelines ...

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Polis donates $25K to group pushing oil, gas amendment

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DENVER (AP) — Democratic Rep. Jared Polis has given $25,000 to a group pushing to allow local government more say over energy production. Polis gave the money to Yes for Local Control Over Oil and Gas, according to campaign finance disclosures posted Monday. The group supports a ballot measure to amend the state constitution to give local governments more control ...

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Wyoming partners with Japanese companies seeking coal

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Gov. Matt Mead has signed an agreement calling for cooperation between a consortium of Japanese companies and Wyoming experts in researching clean-coal technology. Mead signed a memorandum of understanding Monday in Cheyenne with the president of the Japan Coal Energy Center. The center represents about 120 manufacturing and energy companies, including Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki ...

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Feds remove the lesser prairie chicken from protection list

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Facing an uphill court fight, the U.S. government announced Tuesday it was formally removing the lesser prairie chicken from a federal protection list under the Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the move follows recent court rulings in Texas that stripped the lesser prairie chicken of federal protection. However, federal officials say ...

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Utah national monument proposal stirs fierce debate

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BLANDING, Utah (AP) — Laminated sheets of papers held in place by rocks rest inside ancient cliff dwellings nestled underneath a spectacular red rock overhang in southeastern Utah. “Don’t erase the traces of America’s past,” the signs read. “Please do not enter interior rooms.” The weathered signs and a similar warning at the trailhead are the only protections in place ...

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Utah crafting rules for spending on water, major pipeline

A high-speed camera captures a methanol drip, which has about half the viscosity of water. (Image: Andrew Magill via Flickr)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — State officials will lay out a plan later this year to scrutinize proposals for major water projects, including a controversial pipeline pulling water from Lake Powell, before dipping into millions lawmakers set aside for water this year, officials said Tuesday. Eric Millis, the director of Utah’s Division of Water Resources, told members of a state ...

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