Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Rockies Today, May 31

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Montana governor says Corps' Fort Peck dam repair plan 'unrealistic'
The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers' estimate that it would take $225 million to repair and improve the Fort Peck Dam on the Missouri River in Montana was questioned by Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, who said Congress was unlikely to provide that kind of money.
Great Falls Tribune; May 31

Pipeline spill in NW Alberta one of largest in continent's recent history
An emulsion pipeline operated by Calgary-based Pace Oil & Gas Ltd. has leaked an estimated 22,000 barrels of a mixture of oil and water into the muskeg in extreme Northwest Alberta.
Toronto Globe and Mail; May 31

Critic of Alberta oilsands on tour of province
Thomas Muclair, who was dubbed "Alberta’s number one enemy" by the Legislature this week, for his criticism of the province's oilsands operations and the energy industry's effect on Canada's overall economy, will take a tour of Suncor's oilsands operations today.
Toronto Globe and Mail; May 31

Economic analysis on USFWS plan for Idaho caribou habitat released
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's proposal to designate 375,544 acres of federal, state and private lands in northern Idaho and eastern Washington state as critical habitat for woodland caribou would cost $1.5 million over 20 years according to a recently released economic analysis. A public hearing on the analysis will be held June 16 in Coolin, Idaho.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; May 31

Colorado biotech firm accuses BLM of stonewalling Wyoming project
Bob Cavner, the CEO of Colorado-based Luca Technologies, which is trying to build a facility in Wyoming that uses microbes to digest coal and produce methane gas, accused the Bureau of Land Management of revising the requirements for the project, but BLM officials said the company failed to pay required fees, forcing the agency to suspend consideration of the application for the permit.
Billings Gazette; May 31

Idaho landfill now producing power
On Wednesday, Kootenai County and the Kootenai Electric Cooperative gave public tours on Wednesday of the new multimillion-dollar facility that captures emissions from the Fighting Creek Landfill in the Idaho county and uses those emissions to create electricity.
Coeur d'Alene Press; May 31

Utah sage grouse working group begins work on plan
The group appointed by Gov. Gary Herbert to come up with a plan by July 1 to protect Utah's estimated 20,000 sage grouse met on Wednesday, where the primary topic of discussion was just how many of the 20,000 birds would be enough to keep federal regulation at bay.
Salt Lake Tribune; May 31

Montana county commission hears pro, con arguments on predator policy
Gallatin County Commissioner Bill Murdock again declined to attend a meeting the Montana county commission held on developing a predator policy because he does not believe the panel has the authority to develop such a policy, but Commissioners Joe Skinner and Steve White heard from ranchers who supported just such a county policy, and from environmental groups and residents who spoke out against it.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle; May 31

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