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Utah school children learn about water conservation!

The U.S. Dept of Energy recently profiled a Utah program aimed at teaching students about water use and conservation.  With support from the Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development and in partnership with the State Energy Program and the National Energy Foundation, a contest was held.  Utah students were asked to create the best water-saving slogan.  The winners were the 4th graders in Miss Emily Blaisdell’s class in the Nebo School District. Their…

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New CNG station opens Wednesday

Tracie Sullivan – The Spectrum Several public officials showed up Wednesday morning at JR’s Truck Stop to take part in the ribbon cutting of a new Cedar City compressed natural gas fueling station. “We applaud JR’s Truck Stop and Questar for their commitment to furthering this cleaner burning, domestic, affordable fuel,” said Robin Erickson, executive director for Utah Clean Cities. “Natural gas helps save motorists money and, with lower emissions,…

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New line powers growth, dependability and public safety in Beaver County

Amy Joi O’Donoghue – Deseret News The head of the Utah Bureau of Land Management and the president of Rocky Mountain Power took part in a celebratory signing ceremony Monday marking construction of a critical energy transmission line. The event featuring Juan Palma and Richard Walje at the Milford City Offices marks start of a project to put in the new Cameron to Milford 138,000-volt line to shore up vulnerabilities in the…

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Deal protects land behind Book Cliffs, allows other drilling

Brian Maffly – The Salt Lake Tribune A long-awaited deal will protect remote southern reaches of the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation from development and, at the same time, let the tribe and state partner on oil and gas ventures to the north. While the arrangement was spearheaded by pro-drilling members of Utah’s congressional delegation, environmentalists found much to praise because the agreement safeguards parts of the scenic Book Cliffs…

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Grand County Council Considers Joining Coalition

Dan Bammes – KUER Six counties in eastern Utah have formed a coalition to plan and build infrastructure projects such as roads and rail lines.  The Grand County Council will decide this afternoon whether to join the group. Grand County is the last to consider joining what’s called the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition.  It was formed earlier this year and already includes Daggett, Uintah, Duchesne, Carbon, Emery and San Juan…

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Future Utah transportation revolution: biking, walking?

Lee Davidson – The Salt Lake Tribune As they looked out picture windows at the Salt Lake Valley below to imagine how growth may change it, officials held a summit Tuesday to discuss a possible revolution in transportation to reduce congestion and improve health. What is that novel change? Encouraging more walking and bicycle riding, what officials like to call “active transportation.” “Active transportation can really yield significant economic, environmental…

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Federal oil and gas leases in Utah go unsold

Brian Maffly – The Salt Lake Tribune A federal oil and gas lease auction Tuesday was a bit of a bust with only two parcels fetching the $2-an-acre minimum bid. The Bureau of Land Management tried to auction 22 parcels totaling 39,000 acres in Tooele and Juab counties, but there were only seven bidders, two of whom paid $33,000 for two parcels covering 2,063 acres — 5 percent of the total offered….

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Proposed collector of natural gas lines in Moab area up for public review

Amy Joi O’Donoghue – The Deseret News A proposed 25-mile network of gathering lines to carry the captured natural gas from existing or new oil wells is up for public review in what promises to be another controversy between environmentalists and industry. Tension has continued to dominate the interplay among Grand County officials, Fidelity Exploration and Production Co., and environmental groups over the uptick in industry activity on lands adjacent…

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Basin railroad plans marching along

Kevin Ashby – Vernal Express “If we are going to fund schools fully in Utah then the money will come from energy development,” said Senator Van Tassell to chamber representatives from across the state. Van Tassell explained to the group that there were 26 different routes that were considered in the effort to identify railroad routes that could be used to transport energy products from the Basin. These routes included…

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Digging for oil? They’re trying it in the Basin

Richard Shaw – The Sun Advocate People drill for oil, but can they mine for it? The answer is yes as oil shale and tar sands development begin to take place in earnest just over the ridge Carbon County residents call the Book Cliffs. Red Leaf Resources is preparing to now go into full commercial development and production about 40 miles southwest of Vernal, and the process for getting the…

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