Casper, Wy – Three Bills intended to help develop clean coal facilities in Wyoming stalled in the Legislature's joint minerals committee Wednesday. From Casper, Wyoming Public Radio's Peter O'Dowd reports.
Reno, NV – A government official says the Bureau of Land Management will reduce gathers and shuffle money to maintain its wild horse and burro program for the current fiscal year, delaying a proposal to euthanize large numbers of animals to control populations and costs.
BLM Deputy Director Henri Bissson, speaking Monday to the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board in Reno, said the delay will give interested parties time to devise options when "cooler heads prevail."
Jackson, Wy – The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission voted unanimously today (Tuesday) to revise the state's wolf management plan. The changes are aimed at getting the animal delisted. Game and Fish Commissioners said it's time to compromise a little to get wolves off the endangered species list. A Montana judge relisted the wolves in July after finding fault with the Wyoming plan. Commission President Jerry Galles says these revisions aim to satisfy both the judge and other interested parties.
Casper, Wy – This week a legislative committee is discussing clean coal opportunities and whether to approve tax breaks. The Tax breaks would be for clean coal facilities and for coal consumed in such a facility. The Equality State Policy Center opposes such breaks.Chairman Bob Spencer of Cheyenne says it would cost Wyoming needed revenue. Spencer-If you eliminate a tax or lower a tax, then you have to make it up somewhere.
Spencer disputes the idea that tax breaks are needed to build clean coal facilities
Pinedale, Wy – The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded nearly $67 million for a test project to store more than 2 million tons of carbon dioxide underground in western Wyoming. The money is going to the Big Sky Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership as part of a series of government projects to study injecting greenhouse gases underground. The Energy Department says successful carbon sequestration would help the United States use its fossil fuel resources without contributing to global climate change.
Washington D-C – Senator Mike Enzi isn't convinced that U-S carmakers are doing enough to earn a twenty five billion dollar rescue plan. Leaders of Ford, GM and Chrysler were on Capitol Hill to face a skeptical panel at the Senate Banking Committee. They want more money to prevent plant closures and layoffs across the country. Senator Enzi said the carmakers haven't shown they are changing their ways.
Laramie, WY – Wyoming's Governor does not support putting much more of the state's money into interstate highway projects. Because of cuts in federal funding, a legislative committee has been considering options to put more money into highways... like Interstate 80.