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CO2-injection project planned for aging oilfield in Montana
Texas-based Denbury Resources said its $400-million Belle Creek carbon dioxide injection project designed to ramp up production in the decades-old southeastern Montana oilfield should be operational by early 2013.
Billings Gazette (AP); April 5
Fire-danger warnings blanket most of Colorado Thursday, Friday
With the exception of a small area of southeastern Colorado, most of the state is under a high-fire danger warning today and Friday.
Denver Post; April 5
Colorado Forest Service: Evacuation calls should have been made earlier
Worried residents near the Lower North Fork fire began calling 9-1-1 at least three hours before evacuation orders were issued, and Colorado Forest Service authorities said that they should have issued evacuation orders at least an hour before such orders were issued.
Denver Post; April 5
Peabody Energy files application with FERC for new Colorado reservoir
Peabody Energy, the company that operates the Twentymile coal mine in Colorado and is working on opening another, has applied for a permit from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to build a reservoir on private land near Steamboat Springs, the first step in a process to operate a hydroelectric plant.
SteamboatToday.com; April 4
Wyoming reviews eagle permit granted to Northern Arapaho Tribe
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a permit on March 9 allowing the Northern Arapaho Tribe to kill two bald eagles for religious uses, but the permit stipulated that the eagles had to be killed off the Wind River Indian Reservation, but Wyoming state law bans the killing of eagles, and while state officials are reviewing the issue, the Tribe is suing the federal agency over what it's calling a "sham" permit.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); April 5
Census data indicate population flow headed out of suburbs into cities
Sprawling exurbs, those rural subdivisions that were all the rage in past decades, have lost their luster with Americans who are headed back into cities.
Denver Post (AP); April 5
Utah Phosphate meeting on Uintah County mine draws plenty of opponents
Utah Phosphate officials held an open house on Tuesday evening to discuss the company's plan to develop two mining leases on Utah school trust lands in Uintah County, and they heard from dozens of residents that they do not the mine in their community.
Deseret News; April 4
Burley farm equipment company among 16 Idaho firms headed to China
Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is headed to China on a trade mission in mid-April and among the 16 companies he's invited along to promote Gem State products is Burley-based Pickett Equipment, which makes specialty agricultural machinery.
Twin Falls Times-News; April 5
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