Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Rockies Today, Sept. 13

Posted By on Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 10:30 AM

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Enbridge to double capacity of Alberta oilsands pipeline
Calgary-based Enbridge announced that it plans to expand the southern 214-mile stretch of its Athabasca Pipeline, which runs from Kirby Lake a processing hub in central Alberta, to increase its carrying capacity by 450,000 barrels a day.
CBC News; Sept. 13

U.S. urges nation's high court to overturn PPL Montana rent decision
The federal government has sided with PPL Montana in the utility's lawsuit with Montana over riverbed rental for its hydroelectric facilities, and in documents filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Solicitor General argued that the high court should overturn the Montana Supreme Court decision that ruled the utility owed the state $41 million in such rent.
Helena Independent Record; Sept. 13

As drilling increases in Colorado, spills up, fines down
The Denver Post analyzed data compiled by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and found that, while drilling for gas and oil increased dramatically in the state and spills of diesel fuel, oil and chemicals increased, the Commission rarely fined companies for such spills.
Denver Post; Sept. 13

Companies lauded by Colorado oil, gas commission had hundreds of spills
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission recognized four companies as "Outstanding Operators" for their outstanding environmental records, but a Denver Post review of the commission's records found that those four companies were collectively responsible for more than 350 spills since January 2010.
Denver Post; Sept. 12

Some Idahoans see nuclear waste as an opportunity for the state
With Nevada's Yucca Mountain off the list of consideration for a national nuclear waste repository, some in Idaho see an opportunity to bring spent nuclear fuel roads to the Idaho National Laboratory for storage, and Lt. Gov. Brad Little and a contingent from eastern Idaho will be in Denver on Wednesday to testify before the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future.
Idaho Statesman; Sept. 13

Utahns head to Denver to provide input to nuclear-waste panel
The Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future is holding a listening session in Denver on Wednesday, and John Pearce, counsel to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Margene Bullcreek, a member of the Skull Valley Goshutes Band in Tooele County, are planning to attend, with Pearce participating in a panel discussion.
Salt Lake Tribune; Sept. 13

Canada's provinces at crossroads on energy
As Ontario moves away from burning coal to produce electricity, with a goal of weaning the Canadian province off all coal-fired power by 2014, Alberta continues to embrace coal power, with 70 percent of its electricity coming from that source.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Sept. 12

At Colorado job fair, Halliburton tells applicants to be ready to work
Halliburton announced last week that it intends to add 11,000 jobs in North America, at a job fair in Fort Lupton, where the company intends to add another 150 to 200 jobs at its facility in the Colorado town, the recruiter told the 100 or so pre-screened applicants that they should be prepared to work 90-hour weeks in all types of conditions.
Greeley Tribune; Sept. 13

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