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EPA report: Pavillion well water tainted with chemicals consistent with fracking

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released draft findings in its ongoing investigation of contaminated well water near natural gas drilling in Pavillion, Wyo. The draft report “indicates detection of synthetic chemicals … consistent with gas production and hydraulic fracturing fluids.”

Inhofe questions EPA study of contaminated well water near gas drilling...

U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., dubbing himself “the leading advocate for hydraulic fracturing in the United States Senate,” sent a letter this week to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Lisa Jackson accusing her of “contradictory” statements about the common but controversial oil and gas drilling practice.

Colorado Mining Association, Wyoming seek to overturn Clinton Roadless Rule ruling

The Colorado Mining Association and the state of Wyoming on Monday petitioned the full 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear “en banc” an October decision upholding the Clinton administration’s 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule.

Activists: EPA fracking findings in Wyoming relevant in Colorado disclosure debate

Western Slope gas-drilling activist Lisa Bracken, citing parallels between her infamous case and an EPA probe of groundwater contamination in Pavillion, Wyo., says both incidents should be considered at a hydraulic fracturing chemical disclosure hearing in Denver next month.

Fracking chemicals found in Wyoming groundwater

An ongoing EPA investigation of possible contamination from hydrofracking in Wyoming has found significant amounts of cancer-causing fracking chemicals in a freshwater aquifer in that state.

Utility, leery of EPA, eyes Wyoming’s first natural gas power plant...

Black Hills Power, a South Dakota utility with offices in Denver, filed papers Tuesday to shut down three aging coal-fired power plants in Wyoming and build a new natural gas-powered plant in Cheyenne – the first of its kind in the coal-dominated state.

FERC finds Flaming Gorge pipeline application deficient, raises jurisdictional questions

One version of a proposed 500-plus-mile water pipeline from southwestern Wyoming to Colorado’s Front Range was dealt a blow by a federal regulatory agency that found the application deficient on Wednesday.

Obama looks to build confidence with jobs speech; press badge mixes...

President Barack Obama is giving a speech on his jobs program right now at Abraham Lincoln High School in Denver. It's a hot day and helicopters are circling and people in the crowd are reportedly passing out from exhaustion. It's going to be a big news story. Yet the press badges issued for his fundraising trip around the American West would seem to place him somewhere in Wyoming not Colorado. The Washington mix up won't come as any surprise to politically disillusioned westerners used to people in the nation's capital breezily getting everything wrong.

Pricey Wyoming pipeline project ratchets up water worries along Colorado’s Front...

It’s not exactly Perrier-pricey, but pretty damn close, according to opponents of the massive proposed Flaming Gorge pipeline project that would pump water out of the Green River in southwest Wyoming and suck it back over the Continental Divide to Colorado’s Front Range.

Despite setback, former federal lands officials urge Salazar to stay course...

Former top federal public lands officials are urging the Obama administration to stay the course on onshore oil and gas leasing reforms despite a major setback from a U.S. district judge in Wyoming earlier this month.