Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Rockies Today, May 17

Posted By on Thu, May 17, 2012 at 10:18 AM

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Alberta-based Enbridg launches $3.2B pipeline-expansion campaign
Enbridge, Inc., the company that exports the bulk of Canada's oil, will spend $2.6 billion of its proposed $3.2-billion expansion to expand pipeline capacity to increase flow on refineries in the United States and Quebec.
Calgary Herald; May 17

Chu champions extension of tax credits at Colorado energy conference
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu was in Denver on Wednesday, where he spoke at the the World Renewable Energy Forum under way this week in Colorado about the importance of extending tax incentives for renewable energy in the United States.
Denver Post; May 17

Winds propel Colorado wildfire to 5,000 acres
Shifting winds gave the Hewlett Gulch Fire in Colorado the upper hand on Wednesday, pushing the wildfire from nearly 1,000 acres on Tuesday to 5,000 acres on Wednesday.
Denver Post; May 17

Poorest snowpack levels in decade spark drought concerns in NW Colorado
Colorado's drought planners have asked Gov. John Hickenlooper to increase the response plan for three basins in Northwest Colorado due to the lowest snowpack levels in a decade and a forecast for meager precipitation through July.
Denver Post (Grand Junction Sentinel); May 17

Study tracks decreasing late summer streamflows in 3 Western states
Using 50 years of data from the U.S. Geological Survey on streamflows in 153 streams in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, University of Montana researchers found that late summer streamflows have decreased dramatically due to higher temperatures and earlier spring runoff.
Missoulian; May 17

National Wildlife Federation honors tribes in Montana
The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in Montana will receive the National Wildlife Federation's 2012 Conservation Achievement Award in Government at an award ceremony tonight in Washington, D.C.
Missoulian; May 17

OHV group lobbiers BLM to open Wyoming Red Lakes area to all riding
The Northwest Wyoming Off-Highway Vehicle Alliance wants the Bureau of Land Management to classify the Red Lakes area, about two miles from Cody, as an "open" area, which would allow all types of vehicles to be used at all times.
Billings Gazette; May 17

Utah geologists unearth new dinosaur species near Arches National Park
In a paper published this week, a team led by the Utah Geological Survey identify three new dinosaur species, estimated to be between 120 and 130 millions years old, discovered in the Cedar Mesa formation.
Salt Lake Tribune; May 17

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