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State Department nudges Alberta, U.S. pipeline project ahead
On Friday, the State Department released its assessment of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry Alberta crude from the province's oilsands operations south to U.S. refineries, that found no significant environmental impact, clearing a major hurdle for the project.
New York Times; Aug. 29
Wildfire in W. Montana makes weekend runs
The West Riverside fire burning near Missoula grew by more than a 1,000 acres on Saturday, and added several hundred more acres on Sunday, prompting closures of some trails and public lands in Western Montana.
Missoulian; Aug. 29
Vacant big-box stores litter the landscape in Colorado
In 2010, before Borders and Ultimate Electronics announced bankruptcy and store closures, there were 70 vacant big box stores, with a total of 3 million square feet of retail space, in the Denver-Boulder area, and local officials are working to find new uses for the empty spaces.
Denver Post; Aug. 29
NRC signs off on uranium project in Wyoming
Ur-Energy received approval for its Lost Cabin uranium site in Wyoming Sweetwater County from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, but must still get approval from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality for the mine.
Denver Post (Casper Star-Tribune); Aug. 29
Colorado's Animas River is getting sicker by the day
The Durango Herald's four-day series on Colorado's Animas River begins with an examination of historical uses and abuses of the river.
Durango Herald; Aug. 29
Many demands on Colorado's Animas River
Colorado's "first in time, first in line" water rights systems has given rise to Byzantine laws that keep lawyers employed full time, due in part to overallocation of the state's scarce resources, and the flows of the Animas River have been claimed by cities for whitewater parks, farmers for irrigation, and the largest user of all, the Animas-La Plata Project. Part of the Durango Herald's four-part series on the Animas River.
Durango Herald; Aug. 29
Imperial Oil's largest megaload so far begins Idaho-to-Alberta trek
Six protesters in Moscow, Idaho, were arrested right after midnight Friday after they attempted to stop Imperial Oil's eighth—and largest—piece of mining equipment bound from Idaho's Port of Lewiston to Alberta's oilsands; the megaload was due to begin its journey through Montana via Interstate 90 early Monday morning.
Calgary Herald; Aug. 27
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