Politics Up Close: Western Energy Alliance & Revamping Department of Environmental Quality Boards

(KCPW News) A new study in Eastern Utah’s energy-rich Uintah Basin is being called the most comprehensive air quality study ever done in Utah. And the study includes participation by oil and gas drillers who extract resources from the basin. We talked with Lowell Braxton of the Western Energy Alliance about how the industry is taking part.

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Then, Senate Bill 21 in the Utah legislature would shrink the state’s environmental boards for things like air quality and water quality, a move that has conservationists outraged. We talked with Department of Environmental Quality Director Amanda Smith and the Utah Manufacturers Association for the arguments in favor of the bill, and later heard opposition from the Sierra Club, Breathe Utah and House Minority Leader David Litvack.

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