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Nuclear Energy is Focus of 2014 UAMPS Conference

The future of nuclear energy – and UAMPS’ possible role in it – will highlight the 19th Annual Member Conference of the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems, Aug. 17-20, hosted by Logan City in the Riverwoods Conference Center in Logan.  Key speakers on Aug. 18, the conference’s first full day, will include Dr. Peter Lyons, Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy in the U.S. Department of Energy, and Dr. Jose Reyes, Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder…

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NUCLEAR RESEARCH: St. George ponders investment

David DeMille – The Spectrum ST. GEORGE – Officials in St. George are considering taking part in a research program that includes plans to build a demonstration power plant using a small nuclear reactor. St. George is part of a conglomeration of Utah utilities called Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS), and last week members of the city council gave verbal approval to joining the entity’s research program based on the…

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Nuclear industry explores accident-resistant fuel

Ray Henry – The Salt Lake Tribune The explosions that rocked a crippled Japanese nuclear plant in 2011 show what happens when nuclear fuel fails during severe accidents. Now researchers are trying to develop tougher types of fuel that might reduce the damage during extreme events like the one at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. While scientists have been experimenting with these ideas for years, the U.S. Department of Energy…

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Wildflower protection plan paves the way for oil shale

Mary Bernard – Vernal Express Two wildflowers that grow in isolation on oil-bearing shale in southern Uintah County may avoid being on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service endangered species list through an agreement reached on Monday among federal and state agencies. The agreement is a draft-15-year conservation plan to protect the Graham’s beardtongue and White River penstemons in their native habitat. It was reached among the Bureau of Land…

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Protections for flowering Uinta Basin plants will cost $3 million

Amy Joi O’Donoghue – Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — A federal proposal to set aside nearly 83,000 acres in Utah and Colorado to protect a pair of rare flowering plants will cost nearly $3 million in the first year, mostly to traditional oil and gas producers. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a draft economic analysis on the impacts of designating critical habitat for the Graham’s beardtongue and…

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1st Quarter Conventional & Unconventional Energy Newsletters

Click here to visit the HTML version of OED’s 1st Quarter Conventional & Unconventional Energy Newsletters!

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British company jumps into Utah oil shale

Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune Utah has a new player looking to unlock the Uinta Basin’s Eocene bounty of oil shale. London-based TomCo Energy on Monday filed papers with the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining proposing large mining operations on state land in the southeast corner of Uintah County. TomCo licensed a new extraction technology from Red Leaf Resources, which has recently lined up its permits and expects to begin mining…

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Compromise, solutions sought in energy and public lands debate

Amy Joi O’Donoghue, Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — Amid all the contentious strife over energy development, access to Utah lands and the federal government, Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, is trying to broker a solution that strikes at compromise. Why not agree that some lands are worth preserving, grant them protections and in turn get “resource” rich lands that are marked for development? “One of the things I am trying to…

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Utah OKs nation’s first commercial oil shale mine

By Brian Maffly | The Salt Lake Tribune Oil shale production can now move forward in Utah. Regulators on Friday issued a groundwater permit to Red Leaf Resources, a Utah company planning to develop a shale mine and below-grade ovens to heat ore mined from state land in the Uinta Basin. A yuletide present to those championing Utah energy production, the permit issued by the UtahDivision of Water Quality is the last…

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A New Use for Orange Peels: Squeezing Oil From the Utah Desert

By Chester Dawson A boom in oil production Utah has increased the state’s output to the highest level in 25 years, but that rising tide also is giving a lift to more exotic plays:  petroleum trapped in sand and hard shale rock. Eastern Utah has the largest oil sands formation in the U.S. as well as extensive oil shale rock resources—not to be confused with the shale oil extracted from the Bakken…

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