Yellowstone NP's winter-use proposal questioned at Wyoming meeting
At a meeting on Yellowstone National Park's proposed winter-use plan held on July 16 in Jackson, Jon Catton of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition asked park officials how they reached the conclusion that seven snowmobiles had the same effect in the park as one snowcoach, and park officials acknowledged that the analysis was not contained within the supplemental impact statement, but would be included in the final document.
Jackson Hole News and Guide; July 25
Interior Department identifies 'solar zones' for energy development
On Tuesday, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar identified 17 tracts of federally managed lands covering 285,000 acres in six Western states, that have the most potential for solar farms and the least environmental impact, including four in Colorado and three in Utah. Nevada has five sites, California and Arizona each have two, and New Mexico has one.
Denver Post (AP); July 25
EPA's inaction on ozone pollution in Utah basin prompts federal lawsuit
The Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and WildEarth Guardians filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Washington, D.C. against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, charging that the federal agency has enough data in hand on high ozone levels in the Uinta Basin to begin imposing clean-air controls in the Utah basin.
Salt Lake Tribune; July 25
Idaho county seizes half the lots in failed subdivision
The developers of Southfork Landing, a proposed subdivision in Idaho's Garden Valley, owe Boise County $399,451.08 in property taxes for 2008 to 2011, and they missed a deadline to pay those back taxes, forcing the Idaho county to seize 61 of the 115 lots in the subdivision.
Idaho Statesman; July 24
Group organizes opponents to drilling on Colorado's Thompson Divide
The Thompson Divide Coalition has offered $2.5 million to SG Interests and seven other energy companies that hold natural gas leases on the Colorado divide, but that offer has been declined and now the group is holding a series of meetings to organize protests against development of those leases.
Aspen Times (Post Independent); July 25
Utah city ranks high in mass-transit potential, low in actual participation
According to a Brookings Institution report, the Salt Lake City metro area was top in the nation for potential mass transit use, with 64 percent of its residents living within 90 minutes of a typical job, but a Salt Lake Tribune analysis of Census data found that only 2.9 percent of workers in the city routinely took mass transit to work in 2010.
Salt Lake Tribune; July 25
Colorado plans lawsuit against Longmont over new oil, gas regulations
As expected, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has notified Longmont that the state plans to take the city to court over its new regulations on oil and gas operations within its city limits.
Boulder Daily Camera (Longmont Times-Call); July 25
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