Utility wants to convert Wyoming coal unit to natural gas
Due to the increasing cost of scrubbing pollution from coal-fired power plants and the increasing availability of cheap natural gas, PacifiCorp (which operates as Rocky Mountain Power in Wyoming) plans …
The notion that the best thing for our human health, environment and wildlife is more mining and drilling and less (or loosened) regulation somehow continues to gain traction in today’s anti-federal government environment. It was with a straight face that Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyoming) told a group of reporters in August that companies must be allowed to extract minerals at full-scale so that they are profitable, and in return that profitability allows them to use the best new technologies to minimize environmental impacts.
When it comes to energy development, it’s crystal clear where Wyoming’s governor and its congressional delegation stand; Wyoming is open for business, and most any environmental concern can be satisfactorily addressed through “new technologies” — not by limiting development.
And these new technologies are only available so long as there’s a business-friendly atmosphere, that’s why it’s important to hold the line on taxes and overly-burdensome regulation, according to Wyoming’s Republican Gov. Matt Mead.
Having led the Rockies' natural gas boom during the past decade, Wyoming policymakers get extremely nervous when rigs are busy drilling outside the Cowboy State.
“Some would say it’s not a big deal if we don’t develop our resources now because they’ll still be there for later,” said committee chairman Sen. Eli Bebout, R-Riverton. “The problem is ... once that exodus occurs it’s so hard to get them back.”
Currently, there are some 21,000 natural gas wells in the federal permitting analysis stage in Wyoming, and most of the EISs have been delayed for months — some even for years. Ulrich testified that each year one of these EISs is delayed, it defers about $157 million in tax revenue to the state.