OPAL, Wyo. (AP) - Residents of the small southwestern Wyoming of Opal (oh-PAL') are being allowed to return home today after an explosion yesterday at a nearby natural gas processing plant. Lincoln County spokesman Stephen Malik said that the evacuation order was lifted shortly after 11:30 a.m. No injuries were reported in the blast. A fire is still burning at the plant.
OPAL, Wyo. (AP) - Authorities have reopened a 45-mile stretch of U.S. 30 in Lincoln County. The highway between Kemmerer and its junction with Interstate 80 had been closed since yesterday's explosion and fire. The highway reopened at mid-morning along with a 12-mile stretch of Wyoming 240 that also had been closed by the fire.
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Workers are drilling the first of four holes around a sliding hillside in the resort town of Jackson to help engineers map ground movement and analyze the soil. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports the work could help identify long-term solutions. The slide began April 4 and the shifting ground has sheared one house in two.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A major supplier to the oil and gas industry says it will begin disclosing 100 percent of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluid, with no exemptions for trade secrets. The move by Baker Hughes of Houston is a major shift. It's unclear if other firms will follow suit. Environmental and health groups have criticized the industry for not disclosing the chemicals.
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