Friday, October 21, 2011

The Rockies Today, Oct. 21

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 10:29 AM

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North Dakota official: Bakken oil development marching west to Montana
At a meeting Thursday of the Big Sky Economic Development Corp. in Billings, Tom Rolfstad, executive director of economic development in Williston said that North Dakota was poised to surpass that of Alaska and California and be second only to Texas in oil production, and with most of the Bakken formation under lease in North Dakota, leasing and development would soon escalate in Montana's portion of that oil play.
Billings Gazette; Oct. 21

Washington port focus of debate in export of Montana, Wyoming coal
The proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal in Bellingham would provide a shipping point to Asian markets for coal from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana, with up to 18 coal trains making daily runs to the port, and the fight in on in the Washington port city, with industry and economic groups touting the jobs and revenue the port will bring in, and environmental groups fighting the export of the coal, and its environmental impacts.
National Geographic; Oct. 21

EPA plans rules on wastewater from drilling operations by 2014
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials said Thursday that new rules would be written to regulate wastewater from hydraulic fracturing drilling operations by 2014, but the rules would apply only to water treated at wastewater treatment facilities and not to operations such as in Wyoming and Colorado, where the wastewater is injected underground or stored in evaporative ponds.
Denver Post; Oct. 21

FERC accepts Million's permit to build Wyoming-Colorado water pipeline
On Tuesday, Fort Collins entrepreneur Aaron Million received notice from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that it had accepted his preliminary permit application on the hydroelectric components of his water pipeline project that would carry water from the Flaming Gorge Reservoir on the Wyoming-Utah border to Colorado's Front Range; a 60-day comment period is now under way on the project.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); Oct. 21

BC Hydro files NAFTA complaint against California in energy dust-up
Powerex, the energy-trading arm of BC Hydro, sent a letter to California's Air Board, charging that the state's exemption of Bonneville Power Administration from reporting greenhouse gas emissions violated a provision of the North American Fair Trade Agreement that prohibits applying any measure to the transmission of energy to a NAFTA partner that is not applied to U.S. companies.
Vancouver Sun; Oct. 21

Geologist wants to harness coal seam fire in Colorado to make power
Lindsey Maness Jr., CEO of In-Situ Coal Energy Corp., wants to build a plant directly over a coal seam fire in Colorado's South Canyon near Glenwood Springs to generate electricity.
Glenwood Springs Post Independent; Oct. 21

U.S. Air Force ahead of schedule on biofuel plan for aircraft
The U.S. Air Force has a 2016 deadline to get half the fuel it needs from alternative fuels, and it has already certified biofuel for use in its F-15s, F-16s and C-17 cargo planes, and plans to have such certification in place for its entire fleet by 2013, three years ahead of schedule.
Salt Lake Tribune; Oct. 21

Utah county fights Nine Mile Canyon road closures
As part of a deal struck to get Southern Utah Wilderness Association's approval of Bill Barrett Corp.'s natural-gas drilling plan in Nine Mile Canyon, the Bureau of Land Management gated some roads in Canyon County, but the Utah county's commission and dozens of residents are angry about the road closures and are seeking to overturn the deal.
Salt Lake Tribune; Oct. 21

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