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Spring of 2012 was warmest on record in U.S.
Following the fourth-warmest winter the U.S. has experienced since record-keeping began in 1895, was the warmest March, April and May on record in the country, spurring a bump in economic activity.
USA Today; June 8
Federal departments release regional wildfire management plans
The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Interior have been working on updating a national wildfire management strategy for more than a year, and on Thursday released plans based on recent assessments of conditions in the West, the Northeast and the Southeast.
Denver Post (AP); June 8
High water a concern in Alberta's latest oil spill
As with other recent oil spills in Alberta, the leak from Plains Midstream Canada's light crude pipeline near Sundre was not detected by the company, but reported by an observer, and there are concerns that the estimated 1,000 to 3,000 barrels of oil could be swept by high water in Jackson Creek into the Red Deer River.
Toronto Globe and Mail; June 8
U.S. Senate passes bill to speed up USFS air tanker contract
A bill that allows the U.S. Forest Service to waive a 30-day waiting period on contracts for new air tankers was passed by the U.S. Senate and now moves to the U.S. House for action.
Missoulian; June 8
Canada, industry still working out details of oilsands oversight in Alberta
It's been nearly a year since the federal government and companies operating in Alberta's oilsands country agreed to improve environmental monitoring of oilsands operations, and a spokesman forthe Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers said that as soon as the operators can iron out how to split the $50 million cost of the monitoring system, work will begin.
Edmonton Journal (Postmedia); June 8
Rare swift fox's journey to Alberta national park ends in death
Alberta officials believe the rare swift fox killed on the TransCanada Highway in Banff National Park traveled nearly 250 miles to reach the park.
Rocky Mountain Outlook; June 8
Montana senator introduces Senate's version of Sportsmen's bill
U.S. Sen. Jon Tester said the Sportsmen's Act of 2012 the Montana Democrat appended to the Farm Bill keeps the primary protection measures in the U.S. House-passed bill.
Missoulian; June 8
Colorado's energy efficiency program pays off
Five years after Colorado passed a law giving the Public Utilities Commission authority to create energy efficiency plans for utilities, the state has saved the equivalent wattage of one new power plant.
Denver Post; June 8
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