Tuesday, May 13

Uranium unrest; windfall for wind

Northern Colorado has a drinking buddy with the in-situ uranium mining blues in Northeast Wyoming.

Up in the Cowboy State, Converse County residents are growing more and more worried about the Smith Ranch-Highlands in-situ mining site, after a state report documented a number of violations last month, according to an article in the Casper Star-Tribune today. The project happens to be one of the examples that Powertech Uranium Corp. has cited as a success story when making the case that in-situ uranium mining around Nunn (and just seven miles from Fort Collins) would be safe for the environment and landowners.

Also on the nuclear-energy front, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that building new nuclear power plants could prove to be prohibitively expensive for industry, partly due to inflation.

It's not all gloom and doom in energy news: A new U.S. Department of Energy report says America could get 20 percent of its power from wind by 2030, greatly reducing the need for new gas or coal (or nuclear) plants. Considering our region's investment in wind power, the report is a reminder that energy development in Northern Colorado doesn't have to blow (not literally, but figuratively) for local residents.

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