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Interior Department to release new plan for oilshale work in 3 western states
The Interior Department and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management will release a new, scaled-back plan for commercial oilshale development in Wyoming, Colorado and Utah that cites concerns about water use and effects of the development as a reason for reining in the work.
Denver Post; Feb. 3
PetroChina vows B.C. shale gas push to support LNG export plan
PetroChina Co. Ltd., the largest importer of liquefied natural gas in China, has promised to boost Royal Dutch Shell PLC's plan to export LNG from British Columbia ports to Asia by pushing development of PetroChina's shale gas holdings in northeastern B.C.
Calgary Herald; Feb. 3
Alberta on the hunt for energy expert to help expand exports to Asia
The New Western Partnership was formed by Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan to explore expanding exports from those provinces to Asian markets, and now Alberta is searching specifically for an expert to create a route for energy exports.
Edmonton Journal; Feb. 3
USDA secretary rolls out plan to increase USFS's timber production
On Thursday, U.S. Department of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Forest Service will increase logging and restoration work this year, using $40 million in new funds authorized by Congress, with work begun in Montana in 2011 to continue and two new projects in Idaho will be done this year.
Missoulian; Feb. 3
MLA says Alberta logging project puts grizzly bears at risk
MLA Laurie Blakeman questioned Alberta's approval of a logging project in the Castle Crown Special Management Area, and said that she will stand in front of logging trucks if that is what it takes to stop logging in an area that provides habitat to grizzly bears.
Calgary Herald; Feb. 3
Federal government releases plan to buy back tribal lands
The $3.4-billion settlement of the class-action lawsuit filed by Elouise Cobell against the federal government for mismanagement of tribal assets contains $1.9 billion to buy fractionalized interests in tribal lands and return them to the tribes, and on Thursday, the Interior Department released details on how they intend to do that.
Missoulian (AP); Feb. 3
Canada lynx caught in trap in central Idaho
Lynx are rarely seen in the Salmon-Challis National Forest in Idaho, with fewer than 40 confirmed sightings reported since 1896, and forest officials are uncertain whether the Canada lynx caught in a trap was a hybrid bobcat-lynx as has been reported in other parts of the nation; the lynx was uninjured by the trap and ran off when released.
Idaho Mountain Express (Sun Valley); Feb. 3
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