Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Rockies Today, Feb. 15

Posted By on Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 8:59 AM

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TransCanada officials say Keystone XL project will be back on track next year
Russ Girling, the chief executive of TransCanada Corp., said that he's confident the Keystone XL pipeline, which will carry Alberta crude south to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast, will be built as the United States needs the oil from Canada.
Calgary Herald; Feb. 15

Montana PSC approves utility's purchase of wind farm on 3-2 vote
The two members of the Montana Public Service Commission that voted against pre-approving NorthWestern Energy's purchase of the planned 40-megawatt Spion Kop wind farm southeast of Great Falls because the deal gives the utility too much latitude in passing costs along to ratepayers.
Helena Independent Record; Feb. 15

Montana study finds needles from beetle killed trees more flammable
Matt Jolly, a research ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service's Rocky Mountain Research Station in Montana, undertook a study of the flammability of lodgepole needles at various stages of beetle attack, primarily because there were conflicting studies on the issue, and what Jolly found was that the needles of a lodgepole under attack by beetles become more flammable almost immediately, even though there is no outward sign of the change.
Ravalli Republic; Feb. 15

Federal appeals court rules in favor of wild horse advocate banned from roundup
A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower federal court's decision that found no harm in the Bureau of Land Management's decision to deny access to 27,000 acres of public land in Nevada while the agency conducted a wild horse roundup, and ordered the federal court to revisit the decision.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Feb. 15

Idaho official explains how EPA will scale back Superfund site work
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality Director Toni Hardesty told members of the House Environment Committee on Tuesday that the federal Environmental Protection Agency plans to cut its proposed $1.6-billion cleanup of mining contamination in the Coeur d'Alene River Basin to a 30-year plan that should cost $736 million, and Hardesty gave some details about what would be cut out of the original proposal.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; Feb. 15

GYC sues EPA to overturn approval of Idaho's water plan
The Greater Yellowstone Coalition filed a federal lawsuit in Idaho seeking to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency's approval of Idaho's new state rules regulating water quality, calling the regulations the weakest in the nation.
Idaho State Journal; Feb. 15

Dozens gather in Calgary to protest logging projects in SW Alberta
On Tuesday, protesters gathered in Calgary and Edmonton to urge Alberta officials to halt proposed logging projects in the Castle and Bragg Creek regions.
Calgary Herald; Feb. 15

Rolling in oil money, Albertans head south to Montana to buy homes
A favorable exchange rate and plenty of cash are propelling Albertans into Whitefish, where they're buying and building second homes and doing a fair bit of other shopping in Montana as well.
Flathead Beacon; Feb. 15

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