Carbon

Jason Begger, the director of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority, at the Dry Fork coal-fired power plant Sept. 21 outside of Gillette.

Josh Galemore, Star-Tribune

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Last week in numbers

Friday oil prices: West Texas Intermediate (WTI) $58.34 Brent (ICE) $65.12

Natural gas weekly averages: Henry Hub $2.7, Wyoming Pool $2.59, Opal $2.62

Baker Hughes rig count: U.S. 931, Wyoming 24

Quote of the week 

“If it’s hard for us as a nonprofit, I can’t imagine (the impact on) a single person who wants to look up documents. They won’t be able to.” -- Casey Quinn, an organizer for the Powder River Basin Resource Council, talking about paying for public records. 

Clean Power Plan, the remake

It's easy to get someone in Wyoming to tell you what was wrong with the Clean Power Plan, with its call for a potential 44 percent reduction of Wyoming carbon dioxide emissions and its threat to the coal sector. What's not easy is finding out what people want as a replacement. 

Some say this a return to square one, others that it looks bad for the environment. In any case, the notice doesn't provide much certainty as to the agency's direction.

Wyoming fatalities

The number of deaths on the job in Wyoming was unchanged from 2015 to 2016, the downturn years for Wyoming's economy. Nationally, the majority of states saw an increase in workplace fatalities. 

Paying for records 

Groups that regularly seek public records from the state's environmental agency continue to push back on a statewide trend to introduce charges. A board that overseas rule changes for the air quality division of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality voted against increasing fees last week. The group did not have sufficient numbers to halt the fees, and will likely vote again on the charges early next year. 

Barraso's letter

Ahead of a public comment deadline from the U.S. Forest Service, Sen. John Barrasso advised caution on population targets for the imperiled grouse. His letter largely listed the interests that need to be balanced in any changes the Interior Departments makes to the management plans for the bird. 

In other news

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Energy Reporter

Heather Richards writes about energy and the environment. A native of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, she moved to Wyoming in 2015 to cover natural resources and government in Buffalo. Heather joined the Star Tribune later that year.

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