Sep 2, 2012 Staff and wire reports

Sled rules to stay

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK (AP) -- The National Park Service plans to extend the existing rules on snowmobile and snowcoach use in Yellowstone National Park for another winter. The proposal announced Friday would continue the rules that have been in place for the past three winters. It would allow up to 318 commercially guided snowmobiles and up to 78 guided snowcoaches in the park each day.

Builder found

CHEYENNE (AP) -- The head of a Texas company says it has contracted with a firm to build a plant in Carbon County to turn coal into gasoline. Sinopec Engineering Group is based out of China and has built similar facilities before. The plant, about 100 miles west of Cheyenne, would transform coal mined underground at the site into 11,600 barrels of gasoline per day.

Rig count level

HOUSTON (AP) -- The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by four this week to 1,894. New Mexico and Oklahoma gained two apiece, while Alaska and West Virginia were up by one each.

Texas was down by six rigs, and California and Pennsyl-vania lost two each.Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, North Dakota and Wyoming were unchanged.

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