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Colorado Supreme Court nixes Wyoming company's pipeline plan
On Monday, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that the state's Legislature did not intend to treat oil and gas pipelines the same way that railroads and utilities are treated to clear the way for rail and transmission lines, and rejected a Wyoming company's stance that it had the power to force landowners to give an easement for an gas pipeline.
Casper Star-Tribune; May 19
Wyoming snowpack this year just a fraction of last year's
Last year at this time, snowpack levels in Wyoming were 220 percent of average, but this year, the levels are 22 percent of average.
Denver Post (AP); May 22
Utah judge rules waterways public, access issue still under consideration
Utah Fourth District Court Judge Derek Pullan ruled Monday that public access to Utah's waterways is protected under the state's Constitution, but he did not yet rule on whether HB141, passed two years ago that restricted access to those waterways, went too far.
Salt Lake Tribune; May 22
Peruvian natives travel to Alberta to beg oil company not to drill
The four Achuar Indians from the Peruvian Amazon who traveled to Alberta to ask Talisman Energy officials not to drill in their rain forest, got a disheartening look at what oilsands operations can do to a forest.
Toronto Globe and Mail; May 19
Idaho Power says sage grouse may split transmission project plans
For the past five years, Idaho Power Co. has been working on a plan to expand transmission line capacity in Idaho's Wood River Valley, but the federal government's proposal to list the sage grouse as an endangered species in 2010 may delay the southern leg of that plan as most of that transmission line route is on federal land, while the northern leg crosses primarily private land.
Twin Falls Times-News; May 22
Colorado had 3 fewer mass lay-offs this April than last
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' figures released today said that in April, 12 companies in Colorado had mass layoffs, defined as the elimination of 50 or more jobs, which is three less than the 15 mass layoffs reported in April of last year in the Centennial State.
Denver Post; May 22
Montana city council passes resolution calling for coal-train study
At the Missoula City Council meeting Monday night, the panel voted 6-3 to support a resolution calling for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to study the cumulative effect of running dozens of coal trains through the Montana city each day.
Missoulian; May 21
Idaho city approves Foreign Trade Zone
The Caldwell Economic Development Council will administer the Foreign Trade Zone, which gives Idaho distributors and manufacturers a break on imported parts or materials.
Idaho Statesman; May 22
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