Tag Archives: EPA

Supreme Court Gives Power Back To Land Owners

US SUPREME COURTA recent United States Supreme Court Ruling has made it easier for individuals and companies to challenge federal agencies when it comes to regulating their private property. The ruling stems from a case where a family owned business in North Dakota was prevented by federal agencies from harvesting peat moss on one of their properties. The Continue reading

New EPA Standards For O&G Producers

US-EPA-logoThe Environmental Protection Agency issued federal standards yesterday that will limit methane restrictions for the oil and natural gas industry. These standards are the latest in the Obama administrations efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels. The regulations will Continue reading

Interior Department OKs Trapper Mine EA

office of surface miningTrapper Mining Inc. Friday welcomed the final approval of its Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) by the U.S. Department of the Interior. The completed EA, developed by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) in response to a lawsuit brought by WildEarth Guardians, allows Continue reading

Tipton Questions Obama Administration

SCOTT-TIPTON-NEW-300Congressman Scott Tipton, in an exclusive interview with Wild West Radio News, said that he believes the Obama administration and the EPA are doing everything they can to kill coal jobs across the country which is having a negative effect on families in  Northwest Colorado. During the interview, Congressman Tipton also responded to questions Continue reading

Western Energy Alliance Responds To Obama Plan

WESTERN ENERGY ALLIANCEThe Western Energy Alliance responded last week to President Obama’s plan to impose methane reductions on existing oil and gas wells. Western Energy Alliance represents the oil and natural gas industry by advocating on its Continue reading

EPA Coal Plans Sparks Controversy

EPA-300Both sides of the pro and anti coal agenda continue to weigh in on the Obama Administration’s plan to review of the coal leasing program on federal lands, including a pause in “new significant coal leases”. On Friday Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said that the review could take as long as three years. Representative Scott Tipton said the plan “jeopardizes America’s energy future.” “This decision Continue reading

Tipton On EPA’s ‘Covert Propaganda’ Campaign

scott-tipton-AT-KRAI-300Yesterday, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) underscored that even the Administration’s illegal ‘covert propaganda’ effort has failed to build support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Waters of the U.S. rule (WOTUS), an attempt to expand federal control over private and state-governed surface water rights. A report released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) this week concluded that the EPA Continue reading

State Group Pushes Through Exemption in Clean Air Act

POWER PLANTYesterday, the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry joined the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division in successfully persuading the state Air Quality Control Commission to retain vital legal protections for Colorado’s industry operators under the federal Clean Air Act. The Association took a lead role in Continue reading

Steamboat and EPA Work Together Toward Sustainable Communities

EPA-300The City of Steamboat was one of 22 communities across the country to receive technical assistance from the EPA through the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program. According to the EPA, the program is designed to help communities “pursue development strategies that support smart Continue reading

Congress Reviving Good Samaritan Laws

EPA-300Congressional Republicans are reviving “Good Samaritan” legislation that would offer some legal protection to companies and nonprofits if they work to clean up abandoned mines. The proposal was one of three bills the House Natural Resources Committee announced yesterday after the EPA spilled 3 million gallons of wastewater Continue reading

Tipton Gives Update on Congressional Activity

SCOTT-TIPTON-NEW-300Congressman Scott Tipton phoned into Wild West Radio yesterday to give an update on what’s been going on in Congress. Tipton says there are a couple of bills he’s attached to that are expected to limit the authority of Federal Regulatory agencies, such as the EPA and the Fish and Wildlife Service. Tipton has been working on two Continue reading

EPA Triggers Another Mine Spill In Colorado

US-EPA-logoThe Town of Crested Butte has been notified by the EPA of a spill estimated at 2,000 gallons or less of water and gray-colored sediment from a holding pond at the Standard Mine. According to the EPA, a contractor had been dewatering the pond containing un-mineralized sediment from drilling operations and water from the lower mine adit. The contents had been treated to a neutral PH of 7. The treated water from the sediment pond was being discharged into Elk Creek as part of a planned maintenance activity. A vacuum truck siphoning clear water from the surface of the pond accidentally dipped into gray-colored sediment leading to the accidental discharge of sediment and gray-colored water into Elk Creek. The discharged material contained a mixture of PH-neutral rock slurry and water from the mine. Based upon the size and content of the spilled material as understood from the EPA, the flow levels downstream, and the 10 million gallon storage reservoir at the Town’s treatment plant, the Town Department of Public Works has determined that any impact to the Town’s drinking water would be negligible. The Town has also hired an independent contractor to perform additional testing to ensure that there is no negative impact to the Town watershed or drinking water. Work on the holding pond is now complete. The Town is communicating and working closely with the EPA on this issue. The EPA has additionally contacted the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Gunnison County and the Coal Creek Watershed Alliance. The Town is also in contact with these agencies.