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• Featured Article The Party Never Ends in Utah

With Shell Oil’s recent withdrawal of a water right permit application to divert 375 cubic feet per second of water from the Yampa River in northwest Colorado, one... More »

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Environmental Protection Agency Last Updated on 2010-07-02 00:00:00 5/17/12 On May 4, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released draft underground injection control (UIC) program permitting guidance for Class II wells that use diesel fuels during hydraulic fracturing activities. EPA developed the draft guidance to clarify how companies can comply with a law passed by Congress in 2005, which exempted hydraulic fracturing operations from the requirement to obtain a UIC permit, except in cases where diesel fuel is used as a fracturing fluid. See these links for details. Press Release: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa /admpress.nsf/79c090e81f0578738525781f0043619b/1224e5cd2897669f852579f400697788 Guidance: http://water.epa.gov/type/groundwater/ui c/class2/hydraulicfracturing/hydraulic-fracturing.cfm Contact Information: Cathy Milbourn, milbourn.cathy@epa.gov, 202-564-7849, 202-564-4355 00233 Environmental Justice Mailing List   EPA... More »
Company Highlights Turn-Around, Growth Prospects Last Updated on 2010-06-30 07:37:42 IDT Will Ring NYSE Opening Bell June 28, 2010 NEWARK, N.J., Jun 25, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- IDT Corporation's(IDT 11.66, +0.29, +2.55%) (IDT.C 9.36, +0.01, +0.11%) Chairman and CEO, Howard Jonas, and the Chief Technology Officer of the Company's American Shale Oil, LLC joint venture subsidiary, Dr. Alan Burnham, will ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Monday, June 28, 2010 at 9:30 AM. "After executing a successful turn-around, IDT has regained compliance with the New York Stock Exchange's continued listing requirements and achieved bottom line profitability," said Howard Jonas. "Looking ahead, I am very optimistic about growth opportunities in our core telecom and energy businesses, including our alternative energy ventures." IDT, which posted a net loss of $155.4 million in fiscal 2009, has generated$12.8 million in... More »
Oil Shale…“Visions in search of reality?” Last Updated on 2010-06-14 09:25:02   By Jim Spehar   “The task is great.  So is the need.  And there is no time to lose.”  -- Exxon’s 1980 “White Paper” Those stirring words concluded a ten page document released in the early summer 30 years ago outlining Exxon’s grand plan to help solve the nation’s energy crisis of the 1970s.  Senior executives touting the future of oil shale unveiled staggering predictions on an unsuspecting western Colorado already enmeshed in a shale boom fueled by memories of oil embargos, long lines at gasoline pumps, and a government-sponsored effort to develop synthetic fuels as one possible answer to future energy needs. The “White Paper,” formally entitled “The Role of Synthetic Fuels in the United States Energy Future,” predicted synfuels would provide 12% of total U.S. energy demand by the year 2000, becoming a 15 billion barrel per day... More »
MEXICAN SPOTTED OWL HABITAT DESIGNATION SURVIVES ON APPEAL Last Updated on 2010-06-05 05:58:07 Friday, June 4 – The Fish and Wildlife Service may designate an area as critical habitat even if it is not "occupied" by the species at all times, the Ninth Circuit ruled today (Arizona Cattle Growers Ass'n v. Salazar, 08-15810).   The decision came in response to a challenge by Arizona ranchers, who argued that the Mexican spotted owl must "reside in" the area designated as CH. They also questioned the service's analysis of the economic impacts of the designation, but the court again agreed with FWS, saying it had properly used the "baseline" approach in its analysis.   The court said FWS "has authority to designate as 'occupied' areas that the owl uses with sufficient regularity that it is likely to be present during any reasonable span of time.   "This interpretation is sensible when considered in light of the many factors that may be relevant to the... More »
Nukes in Canyon Country? Last Updated on 2010-06-01 06:45:24 Hot Water in Green River By JOHN WEISHEIT The nuclear power plant at Green River, Utah is a proposal of Blue Castle Holdings (BCH), which is an unregistered subsidary of Transition Power Development, a new start Utah limited liability company with no assets other than venture capital. The CEO is Aaron Tilton, a former member of the Utah legislature turned energy lobbyist. The BCH website is devoid of any pertinent information about the project and instead reads like a white paper to convince investors and the public that nuclear energy is the safe and affordable. A possible alternative proposal to this turn key boondoogle is to place solar panels on every south-facing roof in sun-drenched Utah. Such a proposal would have broader public acceptance, is less expensive, faster to implement, uses less water overall, preserves open space, avoids massive vapor plumes in the viewsheds of... More »