By Ruffin Prevost – Bears are typically the endangered or threatened species people most closely associate with the wide open spaces of Wyoming, including the state’s national parks. But Wyoming’s open spaces are teeming with a diverse array of plants and animals that you may never have seen, or even heard of.
Chuck Russell’s type 3 incident management team assumed command of the fire on August 30. Since then it has not been contained and continues to grow — now about 4430 acres with 221 firefighters working to contain and extinguish the fire in the steep and rocky terrain.
Firefighter and public safety has been the highest priority for fire managers. The incident management team is working closely with the Bighorn National Forest, Johnson and Sheridan counties, and the State of Wyoming. The NFS is working out of Johnson County’s FD #1 in Buffalo, and NFS informational officer Jackie Parks has nothing but high marks for JC facilities and personnel. Parks said that the steep, rugged, and rocky terrain and extremely dry fuels are influencing containment on this incident. An area closure is in effect to provide for public and firefighter health and safety.
Water from the Casper aquifer, which makes up 60 percent of Laramie’s water supply in a normal year, and possibly up to 100 percent in potential drought conditions in the future, requires minimal transportation and treatment before it’s consumed. It is for that reason that a group of Laramie residents and elected officials say they pushed to change the way Wyoming thinks about its water resources.
June 8, 2012 — Experts from across the globe will gather at the University of Wyoming later this month to share their expertise and knowledge of biogenic natural gas at the Secondary Biogenic Natural Gas International Conference.
The conference is sponsored by the UW School of Energy Resources’ Center for Biogenic Natural Gas Research .
Coal-bed methane, a type of natural gas, can be produced two ways: thermogenically (with pressure and heat) and biogenically (using microbes). Some coal seams in the Powder River Basin in northeast Wyoming contain primarily biogenic gas.
Interest in biogenic natural gas has grown recently with the recognition that the operational life of depleted hydrocarbon reserves may be extended using technologies that promote the activity of indigenous microbial communities. These same technologies could be applied to coal seams throughout the Powder River Basin, aided by the infrastructure already in place to extract and transport coal-bed methane.
Last week the University of Wyoming’s School of Energy Resources issued a request for proposal (RFP) for “clean coal” with a very quick turn-around. Proposals must be submitted by July 13.
The RFP calls for research in the following categories:
— Research and development of new technologies that reduce emissions from coal — Pilot-scale demonstration of emerging technologies — Engineering scale-up of demonstrated technologies — Integration and operation of carbon capture technologies
Here’s a link to the RFP.