Friday, April 27, 2012

The Rockies Today, April 27

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Top news links, courtesy of Mountain West News.

Return of bison to Montana's prairies divides state
Members of the Fort Peck Tribe welcomed the return of bison to their lands in Montana, but ranchers in the area are less than enthusiastic about having the bison relocated from Yellowstone National Park to their region of the state, citing concerns about disease and the tribe's ability to keep them corralled.
New York Times; April 27

Montana FWP: Grizzly bears on the Rocky Mountain Front on the move
An aerial survey for radio-collared grizzly bears conducted last Saturday along Montana's Rocky Mountain Front tracked ten grizzly bears that had emerged from their dens, and nine of the bears were females.
Great Falls Tribune; April 27

Sawdust from beetle-killed timber cited in 2 B.C. sawmill explosions
Following two sawmill explosions in British Columbia, one in January in Burns Lake that killed two and one Monday in Prince George that has also claimed two victims, WorkSafeBC ordered sawmills to remove all accumulations of sawdust from their premises and said that the high levels of sawdust generated by milling beetle-killed timber was being considered as a possible trigger in both explosions.
Toronto Globe and Mail; April 27

Alberta companies dump plan to capture carbon from coal-fired plants
TransAlta, Capital Power and Enbridge cited the $1.4-billion price tag on the proposed Project Pioneer, one of four carbon capture and storage facilities proposed in Alberta that had been the foundation of the province's plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Edmonton Journal; April 27

U.S. House approves bill on water work in Idaho wilderness
The U.S. House passed legislation introduced by Idaho U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson that will allow the U.S. Forest Service to issue permits to private property owners to do work on irrigation or hydropower systems located inside the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area and the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness.
Idaho Statesman (AP); April 27

Weather works against crews trying to plug Wyoming natural gas well
Chesapeake Energy Corp. officials said weather prohibited crews on Thursday from capping the natural gas well in Wyoming that blew out on Tuesday afternoon, but hoped that the work could proceed on Friday.
Casper Star-Tribune; April 27

Shift of environmental reviews concerns native leaders in British Columbia
The new proposed federal regulations in Canada that would hand over responsibility for environmental reviews of resource development projects such as mines and natural gas processing is of concern in British Columbia, where native leaders said the province has not been responsive to native concerns in the past and has usually just rubber-stamped such projects as approved.
Toronto Globe and Mail; April 27

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