1. OIL SANDS:
Utah panel clears the way for nation's first commercial-scale mine
A Utah water quality panel whose members are appointed by the governor voted yesterday to uphold a state permit that could pave the way for the nation's first commercial-scale oil sands mine to be built in the picturesque Book Cliffs region of eastern Utah.
Driller fires back at ex-EPA regional administrator
Range Resources Corp. is firing back at the former U.S. EPA official who continues to accuse it of contaminating a drinking water well outside Fort Worth, Texas. The company's top lawyer has sent a letter to Al Armendariz demanding that he stop saying the company's gas ended up in the water well of landowner Steve Lipsky.