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Yellowcake spilled; clean up slow, disorganized December 16, 1977

Yellowcake spilled; clean up slow, disorganized

A highway accident on Colorado's southeastern plains resulted in a spill of ground-up concentrate of uranium oxide, raising danger of radiation poisoning in the vicinity.

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Oil development threatens forests December 02, 1977

Oil development threatens forests

The discovery of a potential major oil and gas deposit in the heart of the Bridger-Teton National Forest in western Wyoming is creating a conflict between two highly valued resources: oil and wilderness.

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South Wyoming may not look like much, but ... November 18, 1977

South Wyoming may not look like much, but ...

Although the sagebrush flats of southern Wyoming appear monotonous and dry, to biologists they are a complex natural system -- one that is likely to be disturbed by extraction of coal.

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Solar heating industry troubled by installation, operating problems November 04, 1977

Solar heating industry troubled by installation, operating problems

The stories of solar homeowners indicate that harnessing the sun for heat by putting collectors on a roof may not be as simple as it appears.

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Destined for conflict -- or destruction October 21, 1977

Destined for conflict -- or destruction

If America expects to preserve the grizzly bear, certain public land use policies must change. And there is no better example than the custom of allowing thousands of domestic sheep to graze the last remnants of grizzly habitat around Yellowstone National Park.

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Former foes try combining forces October 07, 1977

Former foes try combining forces

In the West, environmentalists and farmers and ranchers have worked together for several years opposing some common threats, including coal mines, loss of agricultural water, the social impact of industrialization, and transmission lines.

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Flathead Coalition primes for battle with Canada September 23, 1977

Flathead Coalition primes for battle with Canada

Concerned citizens in Montana's North Fork Flathead River valley are organizing against a proposal by Sage Creek Coal Ltd. to mine coal upstream, across the Canadian border.

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Firms buy out opposition September 09, 1977

Firms buy out opposition

ANG Coal Gasification Company quieted opposition to its plans for a facility in North Dakota by purchasing land owned by members of the community who opposed the project.

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Northern Cheyenne tribe wins Class I air quality August 12, 1977

Northern Cheyenne tribe wins Class I air quality

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the Northern Cheyenne Indian tribe's request for Class I -- the most stringent classification -- air quality for its reservation, a decision that could have a major impact on nearby construction of the Colstrip power plant units 3 and 4.

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Tribes probe possibilities of their coal, uranium July 29, 1977

Tribes probe possibilities of their coal, uranium

Recent headlines saying that 22 Indian tribes are meeting with the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) have brought national attention to the Council of Energy Resource Tribes, an organization that had virtually been ignored since its formation in 1975.

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Building political power -- future of a movement July 15, 1977

Building political power -- future of a movement

HCN editor Dan Whipple takes stock of the environmental movement and its quest for clout in the political system.

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Cowtown's manure means megawatts July 01, 1977

Cowtown's manure means megawatts

A Colorado company called Bio-Gas claims it can provide rural electricity by harvesting and digesting cow manure to produce burnable methane gas.

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Officials measure charms of Sweetwater Canyon June 17, 1977

Officials measure charms of Sweetwater Canyon

A group led by the Bureau of Reclamation and the Bureau of Land Management embarks along Wyoming's Sweetwater Canyon to determine whether this river section measures up to Wild and Scenic status.

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Canadian project may pollute U.S. June 03, 1977

Canadian project may pollute U.S.

A massive Canadian energy complex along the U.S.-Canadian border in Saskatchewan is becoming one of the most complicated legal controversies the West has ever faced.

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Carter's energy plan will push Western coal boom May 20, 1977

Carter's energy plan will push Western coal boom

President Jimmy Carter's national energy plan calls for a heavy reliance on coal to bridge the gap between today's oil- and gas-fueled society and the renewable resource-based society of the future.

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Coal plant planners eye Southern Utah May 06, 1977

Coal plant planners eye Southern Utah

In the wake of the defeated plans for the giant Kaiparowits power plant, another coal-fired power plant is planned for the canyon country of southern Utah -- the 3,000 megawatt Intermountain Power Project, to be located 10 miles east of Capitol Reef National Park.

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Bighorn water battle goes to court April 22, 1977

Bighorn water battle goes to court

For the Shoshone and Arapahoe Indian tribes, everything is at stake in a suit filed by the state of Wyoming requiring more than 20,000 water users in the Bighorn River basin to defend their water rights.

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Cranes' fate depends on Platte's flow April 08, 1977

Cranes' fate depends on Platte's flow

Proposed water projects and uncontrolled pumping of groundwater for irrigation threaten the wide-flowing, flooding, living oasis that sandhill cranes call home on Nebraska's Platte River.

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Utah legislature vows to make more and use less March 25, 1977

Utah legislature vows to make more and use less

Although Utah is one of the first Western states to require all new buildings to meet energy conservation standards, it has also been instrumental in pushing the controversial Intermountain Power Project coal-fired power plant.

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Boise rediscovers geothermal March 11, 1977

Boise rediscovers geothermal

Using geothermal energy to warm your home and heat your water may sound like a far-fetched idea, but some residents of Warm Springs Avenue in Boise, Idaho, have been doing it for 85 years.

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Wood stove revival puts damper on energy costs February 25, 1977

Wood stove revival puts damper on energy costs

Today, with rising energy costs, wood burning is probably the fastest growing form of alternative renewable energy use.

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Idaho legislature axes conservation programs February 11, 1977

Idaho legislature axes conservation programs

The forced resignation of Earl Adams, the director of Idaho's Office of Energy, was the coup de grace in a long line of attacks by a hostile Republican-controlled legislature against efforts to set up a state energy conservation policy.

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Wheatland: the model boom town? January 28, 1977

Wheatland: the model boom town?

The Missouri Basin Power Project, a consortium of utilities, hopes to use construction of a 1,500 megawatt coal-fired power plant in Wheatland, Wyoming, as an example of industry turning a rural community into a lively place to live.

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Rest-rotation range plan -- panacea of problem? January 14, 1977

Rest-rotation range plan -- panacea of problem?

Both critics and advocates are weighing in on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's drive to improve deteriorating range conditions on public lands in the West through a grazing system known as rest-rotation.

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Domestic technology offers low-income people opportunity December 17, 1976

Domestic technology offers low-income people opportunity

At a time when energy prices are making it increasingly difficult for people to make ends meet, Malcolm Lillywhite shows people simple technology that they can use to produce quality food and shelter at low cost.

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