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Montana city to appeal water master's decision on Tenmile Creek rights
Helena city officials are confident that the Montana city will win its appeal of a 2011 recommendation by Water Master Hugh McFadden that the city had relinquished its rights to Tenmile Creek water because it hadn't used it.
Helena Independent Record; Jan. 23
Natural gas prices fall to 10-year low
Natural-gas prices are 50 percent lower than they were a year ago, but prices paid by Montana consumers have decreased just 9 percent, as the price they pay includes the cost of delivering the gas to their homes.
Billings Gazette; Jan. 23
South Korea will again allow import of Canadian beef
Before South Korea banned the import of beef from Canada in 2003 after an outbreak of mad cow disease, the Asian country was the fourth-largest importer of Canadian beef, and last week, South Korea lifted the nine-year ban.
Edmonton Journal (Postmedia News); Jan. 23
BLM identifies Wyoming corridor for possible CO2 pipeline
Responding to Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead's criticism that the Bureau of Land Management's proposed updated management plan didn't address the use of carbon dioxide to enhance production in older oil fields in the Big Horn Basin, BLM officials said that the plan was written with a goal of piping CO2 into those fields, and that they have been in talks with oil companies about a corridor for just such a pipeline since 2006.
Billings Gazette; Jan. 23
GOP senators want review of EPA report on hydraulic fracturing in Wyoming
Ten Republican senators, including Sen. Mike Crapo from Idaho, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who is the ranking GOP member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe, the ranking Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, have requested that the Environmental Protection Agency's draft report on water contamination near Pavillion, Wyo., that suggested a potential link to hydraulic fracturing to the contamination, undergo a stringent scientific review.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Jan. 23
Colorado set to enter new phase in renewable energy
Colorado's mandates for utilities to obtain a certain amount of energy from renewable resources are close to being achieved, and with incentives for solar and wind installations going away, analysts predict the renewable energy industry will slow down in the state.
Denver Post; Jan. 23
Colorado adds engineers to attack growing pile of oil, gas permits
Increased oil and gas drilling activity has created a growing backlog of air-pollution control permits for such operations in Colorado, where six additional engineers were hired to help out, cutting the number of backlogged applications from 2,000 to 1,800.
Durango Herald; Jan. 23
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