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Dickinson refinery costing more than expected due to delays

Dickinson refinery costing more than expected due to delays

DICKINSON, N.D. — The cost of a new oil refinery near Dickinson is rising due to delays in getting the facility up to full production.

January 20, 2015 11:00 am Photos



Feds to boost mine blasting emissions rules

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The federal agency in charge of environmental protection at surface mines including Wyoming's huge open-pit coal mines has agreed to work toward regulating the toxic chemicals that sometimes get ejected into the air during blasting.

December 15, 2014 3:40 pmLoading…

Arch revises Montana coal mine application

State regulators say Arch Coal Inc. has submitted a revised application for a major coal mine near the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation.

October 29, 2014 5:10 pmLoading…
Ghost towns of the Southwest

Ghost towns of the Southwest

DEATH VALLEY JUNCTION, Calif. — The Amargosa Hotel was once a hub of activity, the Spanish Colonial-style buildings filled with workers from the Pacific Coast Borax company.

October 12, 2014 12:00 am Photos



Canadian company proposes rare earths mine in WY

CASPER, Wyo. — A Canadian company has proposed a rare earths mineral mine in northeastern Wyoming.

September 29, 2014 3:45 pmLoading…

Subaru plant in Lafayette marks 25th anniversary

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Workers at a Subaru factory have marked the 25th anniversary of the first vehicles rolling off assembly lines at the plant, which is projected to make more than 260,000 vehicles this year.

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Court blocks pollution rules for Wyoming plants

Court blocks pollution rules for Wyoming plants

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can’t force several Wyoming power plants to install new pollution-control equipment while the state’s legal challenge to federal regulations plays out in court, an appeals court panel ruled Tuesday.

September 09, 2014 6:30 pmLoading…

Largest corn waste-to-ethanol facility launches

^pDES MOINES, Iowa — The world’s largest refinery that turns corn plant waste into ethanol began production recently in Iowa, and many national and international dignitaries have touted the technology as a major step in the shift from the fossil fuel age to a biofuels revolution.

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Wyoming carbon test site could be chosen soon

CASPER, Wyo. — The location of a proposed facility to test new technologies for capturing carbon dioxide from a working power plant could be selected by state officials within the next few months, a utility official said.

September 01, 2014 9:30 pmLoading…
Colstrip power plant sued over pollution controls

Colstrip power plant sued over pollution controls

Environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the owners of Montana's massive Colstrip coal-fired power plant, seeking to force the installation of more pollution controls at the decades-old facility.

March 06, 2013 6:26 pmLoading…

New landfills needed for ND oil drilling waste

BISMARCK, N.D. — The amount of chemically tainted soil and other drilling waste produced in western North Dakota's thriving oil patch has been growing so quickly that the special landfills where it's disposed are filling up and the state will soon need more of them, state health officials say.

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Nearly 2,000 visit Campbell Co. coal mine

GILLETTE — Nearly 2,000 people took advantage of a free tour of the Eagle Butte Mine in Campbell County this summer.

August 28, 2012 4:59 pmLoading…

Mine research links fish deformities to selenium

BOISE, Idaho — A research team hired by the J.R. Simplot Co. has linked selenium discharged from the waste of the company's phosphate mining to high rates of deformities in trout, including cases of brown trout fry with two heads, missing fins and cranial deformities.

February 08, 2012 6:10 pmLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Politics may prevent tax simplification

WASHINGTON — Almost everyone favors “tax reform” in the abstract: Broaden the tax base by reducing deductions, credits and other tax breaks; and then cut top tax rates. But this sort of sweeping tax reform is usually a political nonstarter, and if you want to understand why, take a look at t…

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The strange history of the Volkswagen Beetle

The strange history of the Volkswagen Beetle

The Volkswagen Beetle has a unique and colorful history, with principal characters that include the Nazi dictator who personified evil, the legendary designer of Germany's most celebrated race cars and the Jewish advertising executive who pioneered a creative revolution on Madison Avenue.

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Rock quarry near Libby seeks to expand

HELENA  — A Libby company has applied with state regulators to significantly expand a rock quarry in Lincoln County.

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Guest opinion: Obama throws blue-collar workers under Keystone XL bus

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The Obama administration’s decision that it would not decide until after the 2012 election whether to allow construction of the Keystone Canada-U.S. pipeline is a cynical effort to preserve support by environmentalists for the president’s re-election — even at the price of…

November 27, 2011 12:05 amLoading…

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