Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Headwaters News: The Rockies Today, Aug. 23

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 10:40 AM

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Groups sue BLM over cumulative effects of mining Wyoming coal
Last week, WildEarth Guardians, Sierra Club and Defenders of Wildlife filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington D.C. against the Bureau of Land Management over the leasing of two tracts of coal in the Powder River Basin in Wyoming that contain a total of 350 million tons of coal, alleging that the agency failed to properly assess the cumulative environmental impacts of mining, shipping and burning the coal.
Casper Star-Tribune; Aug. 23

Alberta researcher says province needs to update reforestation plans
Under Alberta law, forestry companies must replant trees they harvest, but a new report from a University of Alberta researcher said the province's reforestation requirements need updating as the species listed in that plan no longer do well in the changed climate, and the report called for the province to rework the plan to allow for different species to be planted in zones to accommodate higher amounts of rain and warmer temperatures.
Edmonton Journal; Aug. 23

Idaho groundwater users' plan to buy fish farms flows to next level
A plan by Idaho groundwater user groups to buy three fish farms in the Thousand Springs area, and the farms' associated water rights, is moving along, with the groups awaiting a judge's approval of the plan.
Twin Falls Times-News; Aug. 23

USFS updates plan for Colorado forest to double gas wells
The U.S. Forest Service updated its 2007 management plan for the San Juan National Forest that essentially doubles the number of gas wells allowed in the 646,403-acre area in Colorado's Paradox Basin called the "Gothic Shale Gas Play Area," and four public meetings on the updated plan are scheduled next month, with the first held Sept. 1 in Norwood; the second held Sept. 7 in Durango, followed by a Sept. 8 meeting in Dove Creek, and the final one set in Cortez on Sept. 14.
Durango Herald; Aug. 23

High winds push Montana wildfire across hundreds of acres
Fire investigators don't know yet what ignited a wildfire on Monday evening on the hillside of West Riverside, a community near Missoula in western Montana, but high winds drove the wildfire across an estimated 1,500 acres within hours of ignition; no homes were evacuated as of Monday night, although the fire burned very near some residences.
Missoulian; Aug. 23

Idaho U.S. Rep. Simpson wants to revamp dairy industry's safety nets
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has provided price supports for the dairy industry since the Great Depression, but market conditions for the industry have changed dramatically over the intervening decades, and Idaho U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson wants to revamp those programs.
Idaho Statesman (McClatchy Newspapers); Aug. 23

Montana rancher again shoots wolves attacking his sheep
Five weeks to the day after Bittterroot rancher Dave Schram shot and killed a wolf as it ate a lamb it killed on his Montana property, Schram shot and killed two wolves that were attacking his sheep and goats on his property near the valley floor.
Ravalli Republic; Aug. 23

ExxonMobil says Montana spill will cost $42M to clean up
ExxonMobil, the owner of an oil pipeline that ruptured under Montana's Yellowstone River, causing an estimated 42,000 gallons of oil to leak into the river, said that it will cost more than $42 million to clean up the spill, with $40 million spent on emergency response work and $2.5 million on paying property damage claims.
Billings Gazette (AP); Aug. 23

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