Energy & Environment

Judy Fahys / KUER News

More Utahns are stepping up support for the Standing Rock Sioux, and they’re mobilizing as Dakota Access Pipeline opponents face a deadline Monday to evacuate their protest camps.

Ray Bloxham / Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance

Central Utah’s Nine Mile Canyon isn’t just beautiful. It’s important to Native Americans, conservationists and historians.

The National Weather Service

The winter storm across the state is set to exceed forecast snowfall totals, especially in the Wasatch Mountains and western Uintas of northern Utah.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

A chemical known as PCE has leaked from thousands of dry-cleaning operations around the country. One of them was at the VA Medical Center in Salt Lake City, and Utah’s Superfund officials have been working on a cleanup strategy with the hospital, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and people who live in the area.

Nathan Schwebach / Utah Department of Natural Resources

A long-awaited breach in the Great Salt Lake Causeway could begin as soon as next week.

Courtesy / EnergySolutions Inc.

Salt Lake City-based EnergySolutions Inc. announced plans a year ago to buy a Texas company, Waste Control Specialists.

Corey Dinter

Terry Tempest and Brooke Williams bid on oil and gas leases last winter in a U.S. Bureau of Land Management auction. The agency rejected their bids last month on grounds the couple had no plans to actually drill for oil and gas.

Rep. Jeremy Peterson presentation / Utah State Legislature

Lawmakers took a first step Wednesday toward phasing out the state tax credit for rooftop solar panels.

Courtesy: / Mountain Accord

The Mountain Accord is a plan for protecting the canyons outside the state's most populated county. But the local management plan ran into national politics Tuesday as the coalition behind the Mountain Accord delivered a unified pitch to the U.S. House Subcommittee on Federal Lands.

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Environmental advocates want to use water from the nation’s second-largest reservoir to fill its largest one. But new research suggests the benefits might not be as obvious as they say.

Judy Fahys / KUER News

Rocky Mountain Power says its new study shows how rooftop solar customers are being subsidized by households that don’t rely on solar panels. It’s the latest in the two-year fight between Utah’s electric power monopoly and solar advocates over net metering -- basically what solar customers pay to remain part of the grid.

Judy Fahys / KUER News

A new kind of energy is fueling this season for the Utah Jazz. That’s because the Vivint Smart Home Arena is now powered by the sun.

While coal interests have retained their strong preference for Republican presidential candidates, oil and gas interests have shifted their spending to Clinton in the general election.

Fossil fuel companies have a history of backing Republican candidates. But this year’s unusual presidential campaign appears to be having a strange ripple effect on political giving -- at least from the oil and gas industry.

 

Whittney Evans

Protesters gathered in downtown Salt Lake City on Monday morning to demonstrate solidarity with activists in North Dakota who are fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline. Several of the protestors were arrested for trespassing.

Mark A. Philbrick / BYU Photo

A new study from Brigham Young University shows that air pollution sends the human body into high alert -- even in healthy people.

Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute / University of Utah

A glimpse into Utah’s future has retirees making up a bigger portion of the population – much bigger – as Utah’s population nearly doubles in the next half-century. And that trend is going to have a big impact on today’s children.

Courtesy / The Conservation Alliance

Outdoor recreation companies have thrown their support behind a proposed Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah. In a letter, the Conservation Alliance urges the Obama Administration to embrace a proposal by Native Americans to conserve 1.9 million acres.

Judy Fahys / KUER News

Utah’s trust-lands agency netted $5.5 million this week for a fund that benefits schoolchildren. Private owners made the highest bids now own more than 3,800 acres of land that’s also prized for scenery, history and recreation.

Courtesy: / Architectural Nexus and The Nature Conservancy

More and more bats are losing good homes in Davis County to human development, like roads and residences. So designers at the firm, Architectural Nexus, are taking up the challenge of building them a custom condo.

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The Radiation Control and Waste Management Board is looking for a new way to get guidance on regulating the medical use of radiation -- after scrapping rules to do just that.

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The Provo City Council voted to add a $3 per kilowatt fee to solar customers' monthly bill. Mayor John Curtis is still waiting for the legislation to cross his desk, but he plans to veto it.

Jeffrey Moore / University of Utah Department of Geology and Geophysics

Geologist Jeffrey Moore led a team to Rainbow Bridge last year to listen to the sandstone mass. The researchers used seismic sensors the size of coffee cups to detect vibrations from the famous arch. The sensors even let them hear the rock itself gently swaying in the canyon winds and earthquakes.

Natural Resouces Conservation Service

Utah’s 2016 water year ended this week and it was full of surprises.  

Judy Fahys / KUER News

Last year state lawmakers combined two environmental agencies -- one that handled radiation control and one that oversaw solid and hazardous waste disposal. Now some medical professionals in Utah fear the move puts patients at risk.

Union Pacific Railroad / From a Utah DWQ status report

Union Pacific Railroad is delaying plans to breach a causeway that separates the north and south arms of the Great Salt Lake.

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Rex Larsen grows alfalfa, corn and seed barley and raises cattle on his farm west of Spanish Fork. He’s fifth generation and thinking about retiring.

“That’s a real challenge for me as I look at the future.”

Phil Douglas, UTAH DIVISION OF WILDLIFE RESOURCES

The coal lease auction of 6200 acres scheduled for Thursday has been postponed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management Salt Lake City office.

Judy Fahys / KUER News

Congressman Rob Bishop’s Public Lands Initiative sparked a testy debate on the control of public lands on Wednesday even while it received praise all around at its first hearing in Washington.  That’s because it’s considered a rare public lands compromise that sets boundaries for conservation, mining and off-roading.

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A state task force is polishing its report to Gov. Gary Herbert on preparing for Utah’s future water needs. Some environmentalists are criticizing the group for snubbing public input.

Judy Fahys / KUER News

A congressional committee takes a look on Thursday at the Utah Public Lands Initiative, the proposal billed as an alternative to a Bears Ears National Monument.

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