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  • You Can Help Tell BLM To Cut Flaring Waste and Reduce Oil and Gas Pollution

    Powder River has been pushing for reforms at the state and national levels to stop the enormous waste and pollution from flared and vented gas from oil and gas wells.  The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is finally proposing a rule that can help reduce the excessive waste and pollution caused by the flaring and venting natural gas into the atmosphere.

    Each year, oil and gas operations flare and vent enough taxpayer-owned natural gas to power 5.1 million homes for a year. If captured, this flared and vented natural gas which is wasted would be worth more than $330 million every year nationwide....(04/11/2016)

  • Take Action Contact the Oil and Gas Commission: Support of Strong Rules to prevent Flaring and Venting of Natural Gas
    Although Oil drilling has declined with the bust, flaring is still a common industry practice.  Now is the time to take action to prevent flaring.  Tell the Oil and Gas Commission to adopt strong regulations that limit the amount of gas that can be wasted though flaring......(01/12/2016)

  • Increase Bonding for Oil & Gas Wells-
    The Wyoming Oil and Gas Commission is finally proposing new rules to increase and reform the bonding for oil and gas wells to ensure plugging and reclamation of wells.  Unfortunately, the proposed rules fall short of breaking the cycle of large companies transferring old oil and gas wells to small under capitalized companies who soon file bankruptcy or walk away and leave the mess behind

  • Take Action to Protect Wyoming’s Precious Water during Coal Mining Comments Needed by October 26th-There is good news for our dwindling water resources in Wyoming: the Office of Surface Mining (OSM) has proposed new national standards to protect streams and aquifer systems from coal mining impacts. Dubbed the "Stream Protection Rule," the new set of standards represent the first major changes to federal mining regulations in decades. It has important implications for all types of surface coal mining around the nation, including the large mines of Wyoming's Powder River Basin. While the rule has some areas that need to be stronger to adequately protect waterways and communities impacted by surface mining, on the whole it represents a modest and much-needed improvement in current mining regulation.(10/20/15)

  • Speak Up and Show Up to Support EPA's New Groundwater Protection Standards for In Situ Uranium Projects-There is good news for landowners who live in and around in-situ leach (ISL) uranium facilities.  On January 26th, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a proposal to require new groundwater protection standards for ISL facilites.  The regulations, proposed under the federal Uranium Mill Tailing Radiation Control Act of 1978, will establish groundwater restoration and monitoring requirement at ISL facilites.  EPA's current regulations, originally issued in 1983 and last revised in 1995, do not specifically cover ISL facilites, and thus the agency is proposing an entirely new section of standards specific to this type of mining and milling....(05-05-15)

  • Support EPA's Clean Power Plan Comment Period Ends December 1, 2014
    With the weather outside this week it may seem hard to think about climate change, but regardless of the day-to-day weather patterns, the science supporting larger global trends is clear: climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities. Most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position and have signaled that the time to act is now if we have any hope of counteracting this grave threat.

  • Tell the NRC to Protect Water Resources during Uranium Mining Comment Period Ends September 28, 2014-Strata Energy wants to mine uranium in Crook County Wyoming, near Devil's Tower National Monument and Oshoto Reservoir. But, before the company can mine, it has to get a permit from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). As part of the permitting process, NRC was required to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) to study the environmental impacts of the project and consider ways to protect the natural resources of the area and health of nearby residents.

  • Tell the Office of Surface Mining to Prevent Toxic Orange Clouds
    As the coal strip mines of the Powder River Basin have expanded, so have the blasting operations at the mines. Each week, millions of pounds of explosives are detonated to remove the ground covering the coal seam. Blasting results in a large cloud of fumes, and more than occasionally, results in an orange cloud of toxic air pollution.
  • Protect Safety & Quality of Life on Bird Farm Road May 2014
    A new landowner along the Big Horn foothills is proposing to develop a sand and gravel mining quarry on Rhiner Creek just off the Bird Farm Road. It is proposed at 579 Bird Farm Road and the quarry is located on their property between Bird Farm Road and Highway 87.
  • West Antelope II South Lease Modification Application Comment Deadline April 4, 2014
    Wyoming Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officials propose to ignore stacks of reports criticizing their management of federal coal and use a fast track, rubber stamp process to give away coal at rock bottom prices.

  • Action Alert: Hearing on Fort Union Wyodak Aquifer Exemption Comment Deadline March 26, 2014
    An aquifer exemption for the Fort Union Formation would set a dangerous precedent for other areas of the Powder River Basin and across the state. We encourage you to take action by showing up at the hearing or sending in written comments (as mentioned below, unfortunately DEQ does not accept email comments so build in a couple of extra days for mailing). And please feel free to forward this alert to your friends, family, and neighbors. Thanks for your interest and engagement! Powder River Staff 


    • This summer, we have an unprecedented opportunity to reduce air pollution from coal-fired power plants in Wyoming, and we need your help to make it happen...(6/20/2012)
  • Action Alert: Support EPA's Pavillion Draft Report and Findings

    • EPA is accepting public comment for the external review of the draft research report titled, ‘‘Investigation of Ground Water Contamination near Pavillion, Wyoming'' (FRL-9506-7; 76 FR 77829). The draft research report was prepared by the National Risk Management Research Laboratory, within the EPA Office of Research and Development (ORD), and EPA Region 8...(01/31/2012)

  • Action Alert:  Tell the Department of Interior not to Swallow up OSM in BLM

    • OSM, BLM, DOI - what does all of this alphabet soup mean to you? OSM is the Office of Surface Mining and is the federal agency charged with regulating our nation's coal mines under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act. BLM - the Bureau of Land Management - as many of you are all too familiar with is the agency charged with leasing federal minerals, including coal.
  • USDA Animal ID Proposal:  Comment until December 9, 2011

  • Action Alert:  Urge Congress to Rein in the Meat Packers

    • A tiny handful of meat packers and poultry processors dominate the livestock industry, making it hard for an individual farmer or rancher to get a fair deal or equitable price for cattle, hogs, or chickens. Packers are able to use their monopoly-like power to manipulate prices paid to livestock producers.
  • RETURN LIVESTOCK MARKET FAIRNESS Call the White House Feb. 14 Urge President Obama: Get the USDA GIPSA Rules Issued Now!

    • Concentrated control by big corporate entities is striking everywhere around us, with our financial institutions, agricultural seed sources, fertilizer and, more than ever, with our food.

      The meat packing industry is now controlled by a near monopoly of vertically integrated companies that can manipulate supply and demand for livestock which therefore affects the price paid to independent ranchers and feeders. The ripple effect also hurts our communities as the "Big Four" packers - Tyson, Excel, JBS-Brazil and National Beef now control more than 88% of all cattle slaughtered. Poultry and hog markets are almost totally concentarted in the hands of a few mega companies..(02/10/2011)

  • SHOW UP - SPEAK OUT -Protect the Fortification's Unique Resources and Wildlife

    • The BLM recently released a revised Draft Plan and Environmental Assessment for permitting CBM development in the prized Fortification Area. The BLM released a similar plan two years ago but industry succeeded in derailing plan because they did not agree with phased development restrictions. The new Fortification CBM development plan needs to be stronger to ensure protection of the elk herd and protect this fragile and unique area. The BLM will be holding public meetings to discuss their plan and take comments at the following times and locations....(10/14/2010)

  • Action Alert Tell Tri-State to Prioritize Clean Energy Solutions

    • Tri-State Generation & Transmission is Wyoming's second largest utility. It serves customers through High Plains Power, Big Horn Rural Electric Company, Garland Light & Power Company, Wheatland Rural Electric Association, Niobrara Electric Association, Carbon Power & Light, Wyrulec Company, and High West Energy. In total, Tri-state serves approximately 1.5 million customers in 4 western states....(10/13/2010)