Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Rockies Today, March 22

Posted By on Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Top news links, courtesy of Mountain West News.

Colorado company gets go-ahead to build Montana wind farm
NorthWestern Energy Corp. gave Denver-based Compass Wind the go-ahead to begin building a 25-turbine wind farm on private land between Geyser and Raynesford, and Montana's largest utility has a contract to purchase all 40 megawatts of power produced by the wind farm.
Great Falls Tribune; March 22

N.M. oilfield a stop on President Obama's energy tour
President Barack Obama laid out his energy strategy to about a 100 invited guests to his speech at a New Mexico oilfield on Wednesday, where he said he is opening up millions of acres of federal lands to drilling operations and about 75 percent of the nation's offshore resources as well.
Farmington Daily Times (El Paso Times); March 22

Canadian mining sector plans to add thousands of jobs
British Columbia-based Teck Resources, a copper-and-coal-mining company, plans to hire 4,600 workers over the next few years, and the mining sector in Canada estimates that 100,000 new workers will be hired over the next decade.Toronto Globe and Mail; March 22

Montana DEQ issues 'deficiency review' for Drumlummon Mine
The "deficiency review," which is basically a document to guide companies through issues they will or may encounter, issued by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality' on RX Gold and Silver’s application to open the Drumlummon Mine near Marysville is 40 pages long, and addresses a wide range of issues, although the primary issue is water.
Helena Independent Record; March 22

Scofflaw shooters have Idaho county considering ban in state park
Snake River Canyon Park covers 7,200 acres in Idaho, 700 of which are owned by the state and 6,500 owned by the Bureau of Land Management and managed by Jerome County, and the county is considering a ban on shooting in the park because of the litter left behind by some and over concerns that target shooters may accidentally hit hikers and riders in the park.
Twin Falls Times-News; March 22

Utah city declines to participate in Lake Powell pipeline project
The Lake Powell Pipeline is proposed to carry 100,000 acre-feet of water from Lake Powell to the Sand Hollow Reservoir in Washington County, with that Utah county to get 60,000 acre-feet; Kane County would get 4,000; and Iron County, 13,500 acre feet, but Cedar City's support of the pipeline is integral to Iron County buying in, and on Wednesday, the Cedar City City Council voted against the project.
Salt Lake Tribune; March 22

Utah, Air Force say mercury spill years ago never threatened public safety
The Utah Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste has given Hill Air Force Base until April 2 to provide an explanation on why a mercury spill that occurred five years ago during a boiler retrofit was only recently reported, and why untrained workers gathered the spill in plastic bottles and attempted to vacuum up the spill.
Salt Lake Tribune; March 22

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