Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Rockies Today, June 19

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Interior Department approves 1,300 gas wells in Eastern Utah
The Southern Utah Wilderness Association said that it planned to appeal Monday's decision that would allow Gasco to drill more than 1,300 natural gas wells 3,600 acres on West Tavaputs in Eastern Utah.
Salt Lake Tribune; June 19

Public lands, energy bills on Congress' agenda this week and next
Analysts said this two-week window will be Congress' most productive before the lawmakers switch to full campaign mode, and with both the federal transportation bill and the Farm Bill up for reauthorization, a slew of bills could be attached to those must-pass bills including House Bill 4480 which makes changes to energy leasing policies on federal lands and the House's Sportsmen's Heritage Act,, co-sponsored by Montana U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg, and the version of that bill before the U.S. Senate co-sponsored by Montana U.S. Sen. Jon Tester.
Missoulian; June 19

U.S. House sends Utah, Ute land bill swap to U.S. Senate
Legislation that codifies a land-swap agreement between the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) and the Ute Indian Tribe was approved by the U.S. House and now awaits action in the U.S. Senate.
Salt Lake Tribune; June 19

High Park fire burns 8 more homes in Colorado
Although the high winds forecast for Monday didn't materialize, the High Park Fire in Colorado moved into an area within its 58,770-acre perimeter than had not previously burned and increased the number of homes lost to the fire to 189.
Denver Post; June 19

Water use in Idaho's Wood River Valley focus of meeting in Sun Valley
At the annual meeting Monday of the Idaho Water Users Association in Sun Valley, the changing dynamics of water use in the Wood River Valley was the topic of concern, as population growth has spurred the use of groundwater and water officials believe the valley will be the next in the state where water calls are made.
Twin Falls Times-News; June 19

Wyoming State Land Board changes policy on coalbed methane leases
A new policy approved by the Wyoming State Land Board at a recent meeting changes how extensions for coalbed methane leases are handled, doing away with a routine extensions on leases that were not in production, and now requiring companies seeking such extensions to justify them, and if an extension is given, a review of the reclamation bond will be done to ensure its adequate to cover costs.
Casper Star-Tribune; June 19

Colorado company to supply solar-chargers for Apple iPhone
Ascent Solar Technologies in Thorton will provide 50,000 of its EnerPlex solar charges for the Apple iPhone, a deal reached after the Colorado company unveiled the charger at Intersolar Europe last week.
Denver Post; June 19

Wyoming's ties with China brings 50-100 new jobs to Eleutian Technology
During his recent trip to China, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead announced that Cody-based Eleutian Technology had signed a contract with China-based New Channel International Education Group for the Wyoming company to teach English online to Chinese students, a contract that will allow Eleutian to hire between 50 and 100 new teachers.
Casper Star-Tribune; June 19

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