Friday, December 9, 2011

The Rockies Today, Dec. 9

Posted By on Fri, Dec 9, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Top news links, courtesy of Headwaters News.

Idaho releases plan to shoot, trap wolves in Lolo Zone
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game will begin trapping wolves in the Lolo Zone in the north-central region of the state within the next few days, and will deploy helicopter gunners to shoot wolves later this winter with the plan to remove 50 to 60 wolves in an area of the state where elk herds are suffering.
Denver Post (Lewiston Tribune); Dec. 9

EPA report: Hydraulic fracturing likely tainted Wyoming water
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a report that said hydraulic fracturing likely fouled groundwater near Pavilion as the agency's study found traces of synthetic chemicals linked to the drilling method; the report will now be submitted for peer review.
New York Times; Dec. 9

Colorado officials: EPA finding on Wyoming water needs careful review
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is expected to vote Monday on a rule that would require companies to disclose chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing drilling method, and the director of that Commission said a report released by the Environmental Protection Agency that said the drilling method was likely the source of contamination in groundwater in Wyoming provides a lesson.
Denver Post; Dec. 9

Interior Secretary holds meeting in Wyoming on sage grouse
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will meet today in Cheyenne with representatives of Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, California and the Dakotas to discuss developing a plan for all of those states to protect sage grouse that won't impede the economy.
Denver Post (AP); Dec. 9

BLM, USFS seek public comment on sage grouse plan
The Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service are asking the public to weigh in on what issues the federal land agencies should consider in developing a management plan for sage grouse, with the public comment period deadline set for Feb. 7.
Denver Post (AP); Dec. 9

Canada approves country's fifth oilsands mine
It took six years for Canada to approve the nation's fifth oilsands mine, prompting Joe Oliver, the federal Natural Resources Minister, to press for a more expedited process to get such projects approved.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Dec. 9

Wyoming ski resorts get good enviro grades, Montana ski ranked lowest
On Thursday, the Ski Area Citizens Coalition released environmental report cards for ski resorts, giving Squaw Valley USA the top grade of 92.1 out of a possible 100; Jackson Hole Mountain Resort got an 82.6, and Grand Targhee Resort, also in Wyoming, earned an 81, while Montana's Snowbowl near Missoula received the lowest grade of 47.4.
Jackson Hole Daily; Dec. 9

Wolf Creek gets best enviornmental grade among Colorado ski resorts
Ski Area Citizens’ Coalition released its annual ranking of ski areas on environmental issues on Thursday and Wolf Creek in Colorado received the highest grade in the state with an 81 out of 100 possible points; Telluride Ski Resort received a 73; Durango Mountain Resort a 71; and Breckenridge Ski Resort's 50 was the lowest in the state.
Durango Herald; Dec. 9

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