Aug 3, 2012 The Associated Press

Nominations sought for group

PINEDALE -- The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is accepting nominations for people to serve on the Pinedale Anticline Working Group.

The federal agency is seeking people to fill seven two-year positions on the group. Members may represent constituencies including landowners, permittees, recreational interests, environmental organizations and the public at large.

The group is responsible for giving recommendations to the BLM on the development and implementation of plans concerning oil and gas activities in the Pinedale area. Group members must be Wyoming residents. Nominations are due by Aug. 13 to the BLM's office in Pinedale.

Database details food sources

CASPER -- Wyoming agriculture producers and processors now have a means to connect directly with potential buyers of their products.

The Wyoming Business Council Agribusiness Division has established a connection through a national food-related database.

It's called Wyoming MarketMaker.

The program is a partner of National Food MarketMaker and is part of a network of states that connects farmers, ranchers and fishermen with consumers, schools, processors, caterers, chefs, food retailers and grocery stores.

The site is not an ecommerce site, and buyers must contact sellers directly.

The idea is to build a virtual infrastructure that provides buyers a means to locate food products.

National Food MarketMaker is one the largest collections of searchable food industry-related databases in the country.

Currently, 20 states have invested in this coordinated effort.

Lawsuit on coal leases dismissed

CHEYENNE -- A federal judge has dismissed a legal challenge from environmental groups that sought to block federal coal leases in Wyoming's Powder River Basin on the grounds that burning the coal would contribute to global warming.

The Sierra Club and WildEarth Guardians had challenged the federal government's sale of leases on 2 billion tons of coal. The leases are on U.S. Bureau of Land Management lands near Arch Coal's Black Thunder mine and Peabody Energy's North Antelope Rochelle mine -- two of the world's largest coal mines.

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of Washington, D.C., on Monday dismissed two merged lawsuits, saying the groups lacked standing to sue because they failed to show leasing the tracts would cause climate change that would specifically harm their membership. The groups had claimed global warming from burning the coal would damage their recreational, aesthetic and economic interests.

Kollar-Kotelly wrote there was evidence that even if the disputed tracts lay fallow, "domestic and international consumers' consumption behavior would not be materially affected and the national energy portfolio would remain unchanged."

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