Jan 07, 2020 5:48 PM

Congressman Smith statement on drone sightings in Nebraska

Posted Jan 07, 2020 5:48 PM

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement after recent sightings of unclaimed drones in Western Nebraska and Eastern Colorado:

“I have reached out to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) about finding the source of these unidentified drones and am concerned there seems to be no clear assessment of their source. We must protect the privacy and property rights of Nebraskans. I appreciate the work of federal, state, and local officials to address these concerns and encourage Nebraskans to promptly contact local law enforcement with detailed accounts of confirmed future sightings.”

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Wyoming Powder River Basin coal production continues to slow
Photo courtesy: USGS

Federal data shows coal production in the Powder River Basin in Wyoming continued declining during the third quarter of 2019.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports the U.S. Energy Information Administration published the information Thursday showing a 7.7% decrease in year-to-date production.

National coal production also fell 6.9% in the third quarter of 2019 compared to the same quarter in 2018.

U.S. coal consumption experienced a similar decline, decreasing 13.4% from the same period in 2018.

Utility company PacifiCorp has coal plants throughout rural Wyoming but the company says it is hastening the closure of about two-thirds of its national coal operations.