Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Salazar to Wyoming for 'major energy announcement'
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar plans to make a "major energy announcement" with Gov. Matt Mead on Tuesday, prompting speculation of some kind of development involving the state's vast coal industry. Interior Department spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff declined to say Monday what the announcement will be about. Mead spokesman Renny MacKay also declined to comment. But environmentalist Jeremy Nichols with WildEarth Guardians said he's concerned that the talk he's been hearing is true -- that the announcement will involve "a fair amount of cheerleading for the coal industry." Wyoming produces about 40 percent of the nation's coal, far more than any other state. Nearly all is mined from the Powder River Basin in northeast Wyoming. Wyoming also is a major source of oil, natural gas, uranium and wind power, all of which the Interior Department regulates in one way or another...more