Idaho governor declares disaster due to widespread wildfires
On Wednesday, Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter issued a disaster declaration Wednesday designed to speed aid in the fight against nine large wildfires burning in southwestern and south central areas of the state.
Idaho Statesman; Aug. 15
Residents of two Idaho mountain towns prepare to flee wildfire
The two-week-old Trinity Ridge Fire in Idaho is now more than 100 square miles in size and is bearing down on the mountain communities of Featherville and Pine, 105 miles northeast of Boise, and residents of those towns are packed up and ready to evacuate.
Idaho Statesman and Associated Press; Aug. 14
Two more airplanes to join wildfire forces in the West
The U.S. Forest Service's request for two more C-130s Hercules aircraft that have the Mobile Airborne Fire Fighting System has been granted, and those airplanes will go into service today.
Casper Star-Tribune (Rapid City Journal); Aug. 16
Colorado governor details need for changes in oil, gas regulations
At the Colorado Oil and Gas Association's annual conference in Denver on Wednesday, Gov. John Hickenlooper provided a list of initiatives needed to improve the state's regulation of the energy industry that included controlling methane emissions from wells and comprehensive water sampling done before drilling starts.
Denver Post; Aug. 16
Utah study tracks effect of buying locally
A new study done in Utah's Salt Lake Valley found that independent retailers put 52 percent of their revenue back into the local economy, while national chains return just 14 percent, and local restaurants return nearly 79 percent of their revenue, compared to their national counterparts' 30 percent.
Salt Lake Tribune; Aug. 16
Doctors in Canada demand health data on 'natural resource extraction'
At the Canadian Medical Association’s annual general council meeting, physicians demanded all health data maintained relevant to natural resource extraction, and in particular, data related to oilsands extraction.
Calgary Herald and Postmedia News; Aug. 16
Pipeline company under fire for representative map of B.C. port
Opponents of Enbridge Inc.'s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline project, which would carry oil from Alberta to Kitimat on British Columbia's coast, said the company's animated depiction of its proposed tanker route through Douglas Channel to the B.C. port that removed all the islands and rocky outcroppings of the channel is just another example of the company's misrepresentation about its plan to export oil from Alberta through Kitimat.
Calgary Herald (Times Colonist); Aug. 16
Colorado utility inundated by applications for solar-garden program
It took just 30 minutes on Wednesday morning for Xcel Energy to receive three times the number of slots it had available for its new solar garden program in Colorado when the utility opened up the application process.
Denver Post; Aug. 16
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