November 24, 2014 - 1:50am
A frac sand mine in western Wisconsin. Photo: Carol Mitchell (CC-BY--NC-SA).
With the help of a $100,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Institute for Wisconsin’s Health will spend the next year analyzing data on the impact frac sand mining has on western Wisconsin communities.
November 24, 2014 - 12:25am
Above, crews working on restoring the Cat Islands in Green Bay. Photo: Public Domain.
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay researchers have received a federal grant to help restore native plants in Green Bay waters as part of a project to rebuild a chain of islands that disappeared almost 40 years ago
November 20, 2014 - 1:50pm
Bay Front Power Plant in Ashland. Photo: Seth Tisue (CC-BY-SA).
Environmentalists and others are asking the Department of Natural Resources and Public Service Commission to get behind President Barack Obama's plan to combat climate change.
November 19, 2014 - 12:35am
A deer hunter in Redgranite during last year's gun season. Photo: S.B. Tuska (CC-BY-NC-ND).
With big changes getting rolled out for Saturday's kickoff to the nine-day gun deer hunt, the Department of Natural Resources is urging hunters to do their homework.
November 18, 2014 - 6:20pm
We Energies' power plant in Oak Creek. Photo: JanetAndPhil (CC-BY-NC-ND).
A new study from a Wisconsin environmental group contends that more than 1 in 5 drinking wells across Racine, Kenosha, Waukesha and Milwaukee counties are contaminated with molybdenum, thanks to the use of coal ash from power plants as fill material for construction projects.
November 17, 2014 - 9:10pm
Lake Superior, as seen from the shoreline of the small city of Washburn. Photo: Randen Pedersen (CC-BY).
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is ordering a community on the shore of Lake Superior to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant.
November 17, 2014 - 6:05pm
Beyond this field near McComb, Miss. lies a fracking well operated by Encana Corporation, which uses frac sand mined from Wisconsin to extract oil and natural gas from deep-rock formations. Photo: Tina Casagrand.
The mining of Wisconsin frac sand has created both jobs and environmental controversy in the Badger State. But the use of the sand for oil and gas extraction in southern states is also leaving many citizens and environmental groups closer to the fracking wells themselves concerned.
November 14, 2014 - 6:00pm
Trempealeau County residents gathered at a recent meeting in which the town boards of Lincoln and Burnside discussed suing the nearby community of Independence. Photo: Rich Kremer/WPR News.
The western Wisconsin community of Independence could possibly strike a deal with two nearby towns to prevent them from filing a lawsuit challenging Independence’s recent annexation of a frac sand mine.
November 14, 2014 - 4:45pm
Valley Power Plant, a coal-fired power station in Milwaukee operated by We Energies. Photo: Michael Pereckas (CC-BY).
State regulators have approved yet another proposal that allows utilities to increase the fixed amount of money they charge customers for electricity usage. This time, the proposal was one submitted by We Energies, a Milwaukee-based utility that is also the largest in the state of Wisconsin.
November 14, 2014 - 12:40pm
We Energies' Oak Creek Power Plan, as seen from a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. Photo: Jennifer Tomaloff (CC-BY-NC-SA).
Wisconsin regulators met on Friday to begin discussing whether to approve a rate-change proposal by the Milwaukee-based utility We Energies.