Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Rockies Today, April 19

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 10:18 AM

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EPA adopts regulations on emissions from oil, gas operations
The Environmental Protection Agency adopted new air-quality standards for oil and gas drilling sites on Wednesday that will require companies to capture toxic emissions and greenhouse gases from pipelines, storage facilities and drilling sites.
New York Times; April 19

Colorado town officials caught between residents' demands, state, federal rules
Erie officials said they've tried to navigate the state's process to streamline collaboration on oil and gas regulations between the state and communities, but said they're still operating pretty much on their own.
Denver Post; April 19

Counties in 3 western states team up on oilshale drive
After the Bureau of Land Management proposed downsizing the lands available for oilshale and tarsands development research from 2.3 million acres in Utah, Colorado and Wyoming to 553,000 acres until research provided feasible technology, counties in eastern Utah joined with counties from Colorado and Wyoming, in objecting to the BLM's decision.
Salt Lake Tribune; April 19

Alberta reports a record 216 wild horses caught this year
The 216 wild horses captured and removed from herds in Alberta is a sevenfold increase over the average annual capture, and the Wild Horses of Alberta Society said that 90 percent of the horses captured were sent to slaughter.
Calgary Herald; April 19

Unused jail in Montana turned over to bondholders
On Tuesday, the city of Hardin's economic development arm voted to turn the $27-million, 464-bed jail built five years ago to the bondholders that provided financing for the project, which has sat unused since it was completed.Great Falls Tribune (AP); April 19

NPS seeks photos for annual America's National Natural Landmarks contest
Submissions of photographs of natural landmarks for the National Park Service's annual America's National Natural Landmarks contest are due June 30, but make sure you check out last year's winners as images of the 13 chosen for the 2012 calendar won't be considered.
Portland Oregonian; April 19

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