Friday, May 4, 2012

The Rockies Today, May 4

Posted By on Fri, May 4, 2012 at 10:53 AM

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CEO of Canadian utility details threats to energy sector
Nancy Southern, the CEO of one of Canada's largest utilities, said Alberta and Canada could both be toppled from their high rankings in the world's energy sector if they don't get infrastructure in place to deliver electricity where it's needed and the province's natural gas and bitumen to markets.
Edmonton Journal; May 4

Federal lawsuit filed to overturn recent BLM coal lease sales in Wyoming
The Sierra Club and Wild Earth Guardians filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, asking the court to overturn the Bureau of Land Management's recent and proposed sale of coal leases near Arch Coal's Black Thunder mine and Peabody Energy's North Antelope Rochelle mine in Wyoming.
Billings Gazette (AP); May 4

AP investigation: EPA gave Wyoming a head's up on findings of water study
Records obtained by the Associated Press from the state of Wyoming in response to a records request indicate that Gov. Matt Mead convinced Environmental Protection Agency Director Lisa P. Jackson to hold off on releasing the agency's report that linked groundwater contamination near Pavillion to gas and drilling operations, and in the interim period between the state getting the findings and the EPA's public release of the data, the state launched an aggressive attack on the study.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); May 4

Studies of EPA's findings on Wyoming groundwater reach different conclusions
After the Environmental Protection Agency's investigation into contaminated groundwater near Pavillion indicated a potential link between oil and gas drilling operations and that contamination, industry and environmental groups did their own studies of the Wyoming groundwater, with drastically different findings.
Casper Star-Tribune; May 4

EPA orders Wyoming to clean up air in Upper Green River Basin
The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to release a rule in June that will detail what steps Wyoming must take to bring the Upper Green River Basin into compliance with Clean Air Act rules, and state officials said they were not surprised by the EPA's action, as they knew the Basin, where the Pinedale Anticline and Jonah natural gas fields are located, had been out of compliance in the past few years.
Casper Star-Tribune; May 4

Wyoming meeting on public lands draws diverse group
The Greater Yellowstone Coalition helped organize a meeting in Wyoming on Wednesday and invited conservation groups and owners of outdoor-oriented businesses, as well as county officials, who in turn invited representatives of the oil and gas industry as well as members of motorized-recreation groups.
Billings Gazette; May 4

Lured by high grain prices, Montana farmers pull land out of CRP program
High prices for corn and other grains have convinced Montana farmers and ranchers to pull lands in the federal Conservation Reserve Program and put them back into production.
Billings Gazette; May 4

U.S. acres planted to corn this year highest since Great Depression
The Department of Agriculture estimates that 4 million additional acres of land in the U.S. will be planted to corn this year, and with a mild spring in the Corn Belt, nearly half those acres are already planted.
NPR.org; May 3

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