Friday, February 17, 2012

The Rockies Today, Feb. 17

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 10:25 AM

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EPA approves equine birth control drug developed by Montana nonprofit
The Science and Conservation Center, a nonprofit research laboratory in Montana, produced ZonaStat-H, the first contraceptive vaccine approved by the Environmental Protection Agency to be used to control reproduction rates of wild horses.
Billings Gazette; Feb. 17

Monsanto asks Idaho lawmakers to consider utility disclosure bill
The manufacturer of the herbicide Roundup uses a lot of electricity at its Soda Springs phosphate plant in Idaho, and Trent Clark, Monsanto's lobbyist, convinced Idaho legislators to schedule a hearing on a bill that would require utilities to offer their best estimate of what expensive infrastructure projects will do to consumer rates, because the company believes utilities are building unnecessary projects to reap the 10 percent returns financed by ratepayers.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Feb. 17

EPA: Colorado's plan to divert more Colorado River flows needs more study
In a report to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation, the Environmental Protection Agency urged the agencies to further study Colorado's Northern Water Conservancy District's Windy Gap Firming Project that would divert an additional 21,296 acre-feet of water annually from the Colorado River near Granby and pipe it for storage in a reservoir near Loveland.
Denver Post; Feb. 17

Encana sells stake in B.C. natural gas assets to Mitsubishi
Encana Corp. continued to sell natural gas assets, selling a 40 percent share of such assets in British Columbia to Mitsubishi Corp. in a deal worth $2.9 billion.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Feb. 17

Mining company officials field questions about Drumlummon Mine in Montana
RX Gold & Silver President Darren Blasutti, and Bob Taylor, the chief operating officer, met with about 40 Marysville residents to hear their concerns about the company's exploration work being done at the Drumlummon Mine, and to answer questions about how the exploration work will impact water resources, and how the company intends to mitigate the increased noise, dust and traffic caused by the mining work.
Helena Independent Record; Feb. 17

Colorado Senate panel nixes bill blocking local government action on drilling
The Colorado Local Government Committee rejected Sen. Ted Harvey's bill that would have prevented local governments from passing regulations on oil and gas operations on a 4-1 vote on Thursday.
Denver Post; Feb. 17

Utah House panel approves bill allowing cities, counties to seize federal lands
In 2010, the Utah Legislature passed legislation that allowed the state to use eminent domain to seize federal lands, although the state has yet to try such a move, and on Thursday, the state House Natural Resources Committee voted 8-1 to advance legislation that would expand that power to cities and counties, despite a warning from legislative counsel that the law is certainly unconstitutional.
Salt Lake Tribune; Feb. 17

Montana FWP OKs hunting bison that wander out of Yellowstone Park
At a meeting Thursday, the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission approved a plan that will allow hunters to kill bison that wander outside tolerance areas north of Yellowstone National Park.
Helena Independent Record; Feb. 17

Wyoming Senate panel advances wolf legislation
The Wyoming Senate Travel, Recreation, Wildlife & Cultural Resources Committee voted Thursday to advance legislation that would codify the state's wolf management agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Billings Gazette (AP); Feb. 17

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