Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Rockies Today, Nov. 2

Posted By on Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 9:30 AM

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Glaciers in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana gain ground
Scientists keeping track of glaciers in the Rocky Mountain West said that over the past two cold and wet years, some snowfields and glaciers have grown a bit, but not nearly enough to make up for losses over the past decade.
Flathead Beacon (AP); Nov. 2

Montana Supreme Court overturns lower court decision on MSTI
Last week, the Montana Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling that said the state failed to adequately consult with Jefferson County on its draft environmental analysis of NorthWestern Energy's proposed Mountain States Transmission Intertie project.
Montana Standard; Oct. 29

Montana-made drone makes its first flight
The Montana-made drone that made its first test flight near Columbia Falls on Tuesday, was manufactured by Unmanned Systems Inc. of Las Vegas in Kalispell, and Whitefish-based Center for Remote Integration is working to get the drone manufactured in Great Falls.
Great Falls Tribune; Nov. 2

Mass. company's financial woes stalls Montana power plant project
Massachusetts-based Beacon Power Corp. was hired to install its breaking-edge flywheel power storage technology at NorthWestern Energy's natural gas plant in Montana, but Beacon missed a deadline to file a necessary financial report with Montana's Secretary of State, and the company's financial woes left several subcontractors hired for the Anaconda job with unpaid bills in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Montana Standard; Nov. 2

WildEarth Guardians asks EPA to address air quality in 8 Western states
WildEarth Guardians petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce air pollution in eight Western states, and to specifically list 15 areas in those states as "non-attainment areas," including an area of Jefferson County in Montana; part of Sweetwater County in Wyoming; and six areas in Colorado.
Denver Post (AP); Nov. 2

Atlanta Gold denies it must clean up Idaho tunnel
The Idaho Conservation League and the Northwest Environmental Defense Center sued Atlanta Gold, alleging the Canadian miner violated the Clean Water Act by allowing arsenic-laced water to run out of an old mine tunnel into Montezuma Creek, and at a hearing in that case on Tuesday, the lawyer for Atlanta Gold said the company may just pack up its equipment and walk away, leaving the Forest Service to clean up the problem with the $35,000 bond it had posted.
Idaho Statesman; Nov. 2

Idaho county signs deal with company to build trash-to-power facility
Ada County and Dynamis Energy of Eagle inked a deal for Dynamis to build and operate a 54,400-square-foot plant on land it will lease from the Idaho county to turn waste from a landfill to electricity.
Idaho Statesman; Nov. 2

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