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Submitted by rebecca on April 9, 2014 – 11:59 amNo Comment


Mead calls for increased effort to plug wells

(Information in the following story is from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune,

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Gov. Matt Mead says the state needs to increase its efforts to plug abandoned coal-bed methane wells.

About 1,200 so-called orphaned wells in the Powder River Basin were left after some operators went bankrupt following a crash in natural gas prices, leaving the state to close down the well and clean up the well site.

The state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission closed 183 between 2004 and 2013. In December, Mead announced a plan to plug around 300 wells in each of the next four years. Commission officials said recently that 67 wells are ready to be plugged and another 140 are going out to bid.

Mead tells the Star-Tribune that progress is being made but he believes more can be done.


Worry mounts in Jackson as ground slips

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Officials in Jackson are worried that unstable earth on East Gros Ventre Butte could threaten nearby buildings and residents.

Visible cracks have formed in the hillside above the cliff and a store. The fissures on the butte are the latest in a series of developments that suggest underground movement has increased in recent days.

Town Manager Bob McLaurin says the town is bringing in a landslide expert. Officials are also consulting with a state geologist.

According to The Jackson Hole News & Guide, ground movement over the weekend caused water pipes to break at the town’s pump station.

The town has been tracking geological activity on the butte for months, but movement appears to have increased.

Government agencies now have a plan on how to deal with any emergency.


Al Simpson stars in same-sex marriage commercial

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson is starring in a same-sex marriage commercial inWyoming and other western states.

Simpson says as a Republican he believes one of the party’s core values is the right to be left alone. He says whether people are gay or lesbian or straight, if they love someone and they want to marry, they should marry.

According to the Star-Tribune, Simpson wants to send a message that western values include same-sex marriage.

The ad, paid for by New York-based Freedom to Marry, will play on local television in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and national cable networks.


UW book highlights plants native to region

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming has produced a publication that gardeners in the statemight find useful.

The publication is titled “Plants with Altitude: Regionally Native Plants for Wyoming Gardens.”

It provides physical descriptions and unique characteristics of more than 50 perennials in addition to water need, sun exposure, native ranges, plant family, and height and width. It also denotes animal resistance and pollinator attraction in the plants.

UW Extension educator Jennifer Thompson says the plants in the publication regionally native plants that are attractive and relatively easy to get a hold of and that have performed well in UW gardens.

Booklets are available at local UW Extension, conservation district, and weed and pest control district offices.

Free downloads also are available from the UW Extension web site.

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