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Utah study says lack of transportation options could strand production in Uinta Basin
A study done by the Utah Department of Transportation and local governments within Uintah and Duchesne counties found that oil and gas production in the Uinta Basin could be hindered by a lack of transportation options, and members of the Legislature's Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Committee were asked to fund a second study to explore options to improve the flow of that oil to markets.
Salt Lake Tribune; Feb. 9
Companies pitch plans to increase rail shipments of oil in Wyoming
Since January, two companies have announced plans to build facilities in Wyoming to load crude oil into tanker cars for shipment by rail.
Casper Star-Tribune; Feb. 11
Federal investigation of coal sales finds no violations yet
After Oregon U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski questioned if companies that paid royalties on coal pulled from federal lands based on domestic sales prices were actually selling the coal overseas at much higher prices, the Interior Department began examining coal contracts, and so far, no violations had been found.
Washington Post (AP); Feb. 11
Idaho Power studying upgrades of coal-fired plants vs. building n-gas plant
Idaho Power estimates it will cost the utility $500 million to help cover the cost of upgrades at coal-fired power plants in Wyoming and Nevada to reduce emissions, and the utility is comparing the cost of those upgrades to older, out-of-state plants to the cost of building a natural-gas power plant in Idaho.
Idaho Statesman; Feb. 11
Wild-horse advocacy groups split over Jewell's nomination to Interior
While some wild-horse advocacy groups are optimistic about Sally Jewell's nomination to replace Ken Salazar as secretary of the Interior, others are questioning how well someone with a background in oil and banking will protect wild horses.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Feb. 11
Rocky Mountain Power's Blue Sky program funds Utah solar projects
The Blue Sky program of Rocky Mountain Power provides funding for community-based, renewable energy projects, and this year, the program paid out nearly $1.8 million for 20 solar projects.
Salt Lake Tribune; Feb. 11
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