Energy & Environment

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimated last week that the armed occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon had caused nearly $6 million in damage, but Utah friends and family of the occupiers are disputing those claims.  

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The U.S. Geological Survey usually excludes earthquakes caused by mining in its periodic hazard maps. But, on Monday, the federal agency published a new analysis of hotspots in the central and eastern parts of the country where mining is likely to cause enough ground-shaking to damage buildings sometime this year.

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Utah lawmakers created the Constitutional Defense Council years ago to coordinate various battles with the federal government over issues like backcountry roads, a lands-transfer, and imperiled species like wolves and sage grouse.

First Solar Ready Vets Graduate At Hill Air Force Base

Mar 25, 2016
Brian Grimmett

A group of veterans at Hill Air Force Base has become the first to graduate from a new Department of Energy job training program. KUER’s Brian Grimmett reports.

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Environmental groups announced a federal lawsuit this week over coal-ash at Rocky Mountain Power’s Huntington power plant in Emery County.

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Racing advocates for the Bonneville Salt Flats received some welcome attention for their cause on Thursday, when Utah

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A new report aims to spark statewide discussion about potash mining in Utah, and how it can coexist with a healthy environment.

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Rocky Mountain Power is trimming the cost of electricity thanks to the annual exercise of rebalancing. The electric-power company announced plans Tuesday to cut customer electricity bills by $14.3 million because of last year’s energy markets.

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State lawmakers added money to Utah’s budget last week for suing the federal government over public lands. The question is whether they’ll use it.

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Almost half of the revenue generated from mineral mining on federal lands comes back to Utah. It’s typically used to build community centers and roads in the rural counties where the mining’s done. But lawmakers want to use the money now to transport Utah products into foreign markets.

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Water managers warn that Utah faces over $30 billion in water needs in coming decades. But auditors reported last year that the state’s water oversight is too patchy to know what projects are really needed.

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Lawmakers have just a few days left to decide whether to use public dollars to help finance a California shipping terminal.

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Supporters of jailed rancher Cliven Bundy and the Oregon wildlife refuge occupiers are planning rallies nationwide Saturday.

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A new analysis says Utah decision makers have smart alternatives to lawsuits for ending the frustration over federal land management.

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Opposition has poured in against the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ended a public comment period on Monday.


What happens if state leaders succeed in forcing the federal government to hand over control of more than 30 million acres in Utah?

Cory Dinter

Terry Tempest Williams is, for many Americans, the voice of Utah’s wildlands. A Utahn, she’s an author who took on a surprising new role this week. She and her husband, Brooke Williams, were protesting a U.S. Bureau of Land Management oil and gas auction, when they ended up buying energy rights on public land in southern Utah, some of them within sight of Arches National Park. Williams sat down with KUER’s Judy Fahys on Wednesday in the KUER studios to talk about how and why she’s become a wildcatter.

Rocky Mountain Power will soon be offering its customers the chance to use solar energy, even if they don’t plan to install panels on the roof. The utility company announced Monday that it’s contracted with a company called juwi to build a solar farm.

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Many see Rep. Ken Ivory, R-South Jordan, as the father of the lands-transfer movement. He calls last month’s death of rancher LeVoy Finicum tragic, but he also sees what happened in Oregon as proof of how frustrated Westerners are about the federal government trampling their rights.  

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Utah senators passed a bill Friday to start saving money for big water projects in a move opposed on environmental and fiscal grounds.

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Some Utah agencies and politicians are applauding a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to put a hold on the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan.

Utah House Passes Tiered Water Pricing Bill

Feb 10, 2016
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The Utah House has passed a bill that would require culinary water providers to charge based on a tiered rater structure.

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Alta Ski Resort will be offering preferred parking spots on select days to skiers who carpool up the canyon. The program is part of a study through the University of Utah's Environmental and Sustainability Studies program in partnership with the Alta Environmental Center.

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Money issues have prompted a temporary slowdown of work in eastern Utah on the first tar sands mine in the U.S.

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The collaborative behind a new plan for the central Wasatch is getting ready to untangle the Cottonwood canyons’ traffic jams. They’re looking at buses as the quickest solution for now.

Utah's Uncertain Water Future

Feb 2, 2016

Following Utah's hottest and driest winter on record, KUER News explored some of the most important questions of our time. Should taxpayer money be spent to develop additional water resources?  What are the consequences of extracting too much groundwater? How much is wasted from outdated water pipes? What role will climate change play as our population grows? Utah's Uncertain Water Future tells stories that span the state attempting to answer these questions and more.

State environmental regulators want input from Utahns about reducing the pollution blamed for climate change.

Utah’s joined 24 other states to fight the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan in court.

At the same time, state regulators have been drafting a state plan to comply with the new rules.

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A leader of the armed occupation at an Oregon wildlife refuge urged his supporters on Thursday to avoid further bloodshed. Now observers are wondering how the issues will play out.

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A Senate panel signed off Wednesday on using sales taxes to help pay for water projects, including the controversial Lake Powell Pipeline.

Tiered Water Pricing Could Be Mandated Statewide

Jan 26, 2016
Brian Grimmett

The Utah Senate has passed a bill that its sponsor hopes will help communities better conserve water.