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Report warns of consequences of increased coal-train traffic
The Western Organization of Resource Councils issued a report on Wednesday that said up to 60 trains a day could haul coal from Wyoming and Montana bound for Asia and other foreign markets through Billings and other Montana cities, as well as Spokane, but representatives of the coal and rail industry said the report erroneously assumes all proposed West Coast ports would be built and operating at full capacity, and that one railroad would haul all the coal.
Billings Gazette (AP); July 12
B.C. premier takes hard line with Enbridge over Northern Gateway pipeline
After reviewing the report issued by the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board on the 2010 oil spill from an Enbridge pipeline in Michigan, British Columbia Premier Christy Clark said publicly that the Alberta-based company will have to change its way of operating if it wants to build the Northern Gateway pipeline across B.C.
Toronto Globe and Mail; July 12
NW power group says server demands could equal that of smelters
A recent analysis done by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council found that the massive server farms being built in the Pacific Northwest by Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Apple and other technology companies will require as much electricity to operate by 2030 as aluminum smelters required in their heyday decades ago.
Hungry Horse News; July 12
Military air tankers moved to Wyoming, Utah
Six C-130 air tankers used to drop retardant and water on wildfires have been moved out of Colorado, where recent rains have helped quell wildfires, to Wyoming and Utah.
Denver Post (AP); July 12
Federal judge's opinion explains blocking of Montana logging project
In a 46-page opinion released Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Donald Molloy explained his upholding a motion for summary judgment that suspended the Colt-Summit timber sale in the Lolo National Forest in Montana's Seeley-Swan Valley.
Missoulian; July 12
Wyoming to begin installing cisterns for Pavillion-area residents
The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality has offered to install cisterns for an estimated 35 households near Pavallion where water wells have been contaminated with hydrocarbons, and seven households have already signed up, but some residents said the monthly cost of filling those cisterns with water is simply too expensive, and have instead installed filtering systems and followed state suggestions about venting bathrooms while showering.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); July 12
NPS says overnight stays in national parks on the decline
While Americans are spending more money on outdoor recreation, according to the Outdoor Industry Association, the National Park Service says overnight stays and time spent in national parks are on the decline, which may be due to an aging population that now opts to stay in hotels rather than camp out.
USA Today; July 12
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