Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Rockies Today, Sept. 20

Posted By on Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 10:25 AM

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Abbey assures Montana ranchers no national monuments in the works
Bob Abbey, the director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, told a small group of ranchers in Montana on Monday that there will not be any surprise announcement of new national monuments in the state.
Great Falls Tribune; Sept. 20

Groups urge Alberta to close access, protect habitat for grizzly bears
Four environmental groups are seeking a meeting with Alberta Sustainable Resources Minister Mel Knight to discuss a moratorium on new roads or trails allowing motorized access into grizzly habitat until the province comes up with a provincewide plan to protect remaining grizzly bear habitat.
Calgary Herald; Sept. 20

At BLM hearing on Gateway West, Idaho residents voice concerns
At the Bureau of Land Management's public meeting in Twin Falls on the proposed Gateway West Transmission Project, Idaho residents questioned the configuration of the towers used to support the 1,100-mile long high-voltage transmission line, and others questioned the route it would take. Additional open houses are scheduled this week in Jackpot, Nev., as well as in Burley and Almo, Idaho.
Twin Falls Times-News; Sept. 20

Montana-Idaho transmission line proposal to be studied again
The Mountain States Transmission Intertie, a proposed power line project that will stretch from Townsend, Mont., to southeastern Idaho near Jerome, will get an independent, third-party review by Jefferson and Madison counties in Montana, NorthWestern Energy, Western Environmental Law Center, Headwaters Economics, Sonoran Institute, Craighead Institute and Future West.
Montana Standard; Sept. 20

At Denver gold forum, mining CEOs predict ever higher prices
At what is one of the largest of its kind in the world, investors, analysts and producers are gathered at the Denver Gold Forum this week, where executives of mining companies all shared their confidence that gold prices will continue their upward trend.
Vancouver Sun (Reuters); Sept. 20

Analyst: Japan's nuclear crisis dampens Wyoming's uranium industry
At the U2011 Uranium Symposium and Trade Show in Casper on Monday, analysts said Japan's nuclear crisis earlier this year has reinvigorated opponents of nuclear energy, and cast a cloud on its future at the time uranium projects in Wyoming are just starting to take shape.
Casper Star-Tribune; Sept. 20

Montana judge to hear arguments on megaload injunction Thursday
Imperial Oil's request to lift a temporary injunction that prohibits the company's transport of oversized loads of mining equipment from Idaho through Montana via Lolo Pass and then onto Alberta will get a hearing on Thursday.
Missoulian; Sept. 20

Environmental groups split on Montana logging project
Environmental groups that worked with the U.S. Forest Service to develop the Colt Summit Forest Restoration and Fuels Reduction Project in Montana's Seeley-Swan area criticized the four environmental groups that sued to stop the project, but Michael Garrity of Alliance for the Wild Rockies, one of the groups suing to stop the sale, said collaboration still requires adherence to the letter of the law.
Missoulian; Sept. 20

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