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Utah approves oilshale project on SITLA lands
The decision by the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining to approve Delaware-based Red Leaf Resources' proposed large-scale oilshale extraction project on 1,500 acres of school trust lands property in the Uintah Basin has already been appealed by an environmental group.
Deseret News; March 28
N.M. mine, coal-fired plant agree to pay $10M to settle water-pollution lawsuit
The San Juan Generating Station and the San Juan Mine have agreed to pay $10 million to settle the lawsuit brought against the New Mexico coal mine and coal-fired power plant by the Sierra Club alleging they were polluting water, and the settlement also requires an expansion of a system to protect groundwater and construction of a slurry wall to keep coal byproducts out of water.
Farmington Daily Times; March 29
Montana GOP gubernatorial candidate calls for changes in wolf management
Former Montana U.S. Rep. Rick Hill, who is one of seven Republicans running for the party's nomination for governor, held a news conference on Wednesday at the Montana Stockgrowers Association’s headquarters, where he called on the state Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission to take immediate steps to control wolf numbers, including a year-round hunting season, allowing wolves to be trapped and to work with counties to allow them to establish bounties for wolves.
Ravalli Republic; March 29
PetroChina wants to bid on building Alberta-B.C. oil pipeline
The largest of China's three state-owned oil companies indicated to Enbridge that the company is interested in bidding on building the proposed $5.5-billion Northern Gateway Pipeline that would carry Alberta oilsands to a port on the British Columbia coast.
Toronto Financial Post; March 29
Colorado residents say warning came too late to flee wildfire
Residents who lost their homes to the Lower North Fork fire said that several had called dispatchers about smoke over the weekend, but were told the smoke was from a controlled burn, which high winds brought to life on Monday, sparking a wildfire that burned thousands of acres and at least 27 homes.
Denver Post; March 29
Construction projects on the rise in Idaho city
Contractors in Twin Falls said the increase in building projects in and around the Idaho city can be tied to low construction costs, low interest rates and affordable prices for land.
Twin Falls Times-News; March 29
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