Arizona company wants to mine silver, zinc in Montana
Tucson-based International Silver, Inc. has asked the Butte-Silver Bow Commission to lease hundreds of acres of land to the company to allow it to develop silver and zinc resources in the Montana city and county.
Montana Standard; Aug. 9
Canada eyes Alberta's carbon standard as province considers changes
Alberta's 12-percent-per-barrel carbon reduction requirement imposed on large energy companies is being considered by Canadian officials as a starting point for a national carbon emissions reduction plan, although the province is already studying new options that would require 20 and 30 percent reductions.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Aug. 13
USFS firefighter dies on Idaho fireline
A female U.S. Forest Service firefighter died Sunday while fighting a wildfire in Idaho.
Missoulian; Aug. 13
Renewable energy's role in Idaho's economy dims
In 2011, a 37-page magazine published by the Idaho Department of Commerce touted the bright future solar, geothermal, wind and biomass energy would play in the state's economy, but those hopes have dimmed and, with Idaho's power prices second lowest in the nation and the lack of a state mandate that utilities have a certain percentage of alternative energy in their portfolios, wind, geothermal and solar projects are either languishing or being canceled.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Aug. 13
Outdoor gear industry delivers ultimatum to Utah governor
The outdoor gear industry's annual trade show brings thousands of visitors to Utah as well as $40 million into the economy each year, and last week, the industry told Gov. Gary Herbert to back off his campaign to wrest control of federal lands or the 4,000-member Outdoor Industry Association will take its trade show elsewhere.
Denver Post (AP); Aug. 11
USFWS designates 50,635 acres in Colorado as habitat for 3 rare plants
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated multiple parcels of land on the Roan Plateau and South Shale Ridge in western Colorado as critical habitat for the endangered Pagosa skyrocket, Parachute beardtongue and DeBeque phacelia flowers.
Denver Post; Aug. 11
Idaho has 11 large wildfires burning, 2,300 firefighters on the lines
Crews are fighting 11 large wildfires that have blackened more than 500 square miles in Idaho.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Aug. 13
Montana study indicates elk population in Bitterroot Valley rebounding
A July overflight of the Bitterroot Valley in Montana found 56 elk calves per 100 cows in July, considerably higher than in 2009, when the annual count found 15 calves per 100 cows.
Ravalli Republic; Aug. 13
Chesapeake Energy leads the way in tapping Niobrara play in Wyoming
The Wyoming Oil and Gas Commission has issued 430 drilling permits to tap into the Niobrara oil shale play in Converse and Campbell counties so far this year, and at a meeting with investors last week, Chesapeake Energy reported that it had successfully tapped oil resources in the formation.
Casper Star-Tribune; Aug. 13
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