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Nov 11, 2012 - The Associated Press

Group sues over planned U-mine

CHEYENNE -- An environmental group has filed suit to contest federal approval of a uranium mine in southwest Wyoming.

Biodiversity Conservation Alliance says the U.S. Bureau of Land Management violated federal laws in approving the Lost Creek uranium mine. Allegations include BLM failed to take a hard look at how the mine would affect species including sage grouse, pocket gophers and pygmy rabbits.

The Laramie-based group filed suit Thursday in federal court in Cheyenne. BLM officials declined to comment, citing agency policy not to comment on pending litigation.

Denver-based Ur-Energy Inc. received BLM approval for the mine last month. The company plans to invest $30 to $40 million into the project over the next six to nine months.

The in-situ mine would extract uranium from wells.

Judge orders man to apologize

JACKSON -- An Arizona man who pleaded guilty to struggling with an officer who was arresting him in Wyoming has been ordered to apologize.

Ronald Patrick Wear was arrested in June after reports of domestic violence in downtown Jackson. He was accused of shoving an officer who was trying to arrest him, grabbing his finger and bending it sideways. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor interference and breach of peace.

In a written order last month, 9th Circuit Judge James Radda sentenced Wear to serve six months of unsupervised probation and pay $880 in fines and court fees. A 180-day jail sentence was suspended.

As a condition of his probation, Wear must write a letter apologizing to the officer.

State's rig count up one for week

HOUSTON -- The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose this week by six to 1,806.

Texas-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,389 rigs were exploring for oil and 413 were searching for gas. Four were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, Baker Hughes listed 2,016 rigs.

Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained 12 rigs, North Dakota four, Alaska and Pennsylvania two apiece, and West Virginia and Wyoming one each.

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