Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Rockies Today, July 10

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WildEarth Guardians releases list of deadliest states, counties for wildlife
Using data from Wildlife Services, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that removes problem wildlife, WildEarth Guardians released a report ranking states and counties on such removals, with Montana ranked first for the number of wildlife killed during the decade between 1998 and 2008, while the deadliest top five counties were: Elko County, Nev., Malheur County, Ore., Carbon County, Wyo., Humboldt County, Nev., and Kern County, Calif.
Portland Oregonian; July 10

Interior Dept. report details economic benefit of federal lands
A report released Monday by the Interior Department said federal lands in Utah provided 83,292 jobs and generated $14 million in revenue, but the Western Energy Alliance criticized the report for not specifying the contribution oil and gas activities on those federal lands made to states and their economies.
Deseret News; July 10

Idaho wildfire burns across 190,000 acres in just three days
The Kinyon Road Fire in south-central Idaho was at 190,000 acres on Monday, making it one of the largest in the nation, with only wildfires in Montana and New Mexico larger.
Twin Falls Times-News; July 10

Seasonal firefighters petition to get federal health insurance
More than half the 15,000 wildland firefighters on the federal payroll this year are categorized as seasonal, which means they don't have a guarantee of a job next year, nor do they have access to federal health insurance, and while the firefighters themselves are covered by worker's compensation if they're hurt on the job, they're not covered if they're hurt off the job and their families don't have coverage through the job.
Missoulian (AP); July 10

Colorado city council OKs water lease for fracking operations
At its meeting Monday evening, the Aurora City Council approved a $9.5-million plan to lease water from the Colorado city's wastewater treatment plant to Anadarko Petroleum Corp. for hydraulic fracturing operations in the Wattenberg Field in northeastern Colorado.
Denver Post; July 10

Rolling blackouts in Alberta caused by coal-fired plants shutting down
High temperatures and attendant increased demand for power were blamed for the shutdown of four coal-fired power plants, and those shutdowns as well as exceptionally low output from wind generators, were blamed for rolling blackouts on Monday in Alberta.
Edmonton Journal and Calgary Herald; July 10

Hotline set up to report oil spills after Alberta declines to review pipelines
After three oil spills from pipelines in Alberta occurred in a matter of weeks, 17 organizations asked Premier Alison Redford to conduct a review of all such pipelines to ensure they were safe, which she declined to do, so environmental groups and landowners have set up their own hotline to allow people to report spills.
Edmonton Journal; July 10

Montana selects site for Mike Horse Mine tailings, despite local opposition
Residents who live near Section 35, the site the Montana Department of Environmental Quality has selected for the repository of toxic mine tailings from the Mike Horse Mine near Lincoln, have protested that the site sits too close to the Blackfoot River, contains too much groundwater, and sits upgradient from too much private property.
Missoulian; July 10

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