Canadian company pays off loan on Montana-Alberta transmission line
Enbridge, the Canadian company that bought the Montana-Alberta Tie Line project from the original developer last year, announced that it had paid off the $151 million federal loan from the Western Area Power Administration and said that the 214-mile-long, 230-kilovolt line between Great Falls and Lethbridge should be completed by the end of this year.
Great Falls Tribune; Sept. 7
Wyoming governor says state's plan will prevent mass killings of wolves
At a news conference Thursday, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead said that only 14 percent of the state's 328 wolves live in an area where they are classified as predators, and that a majority of the wolves live in an area where they are protected from being shot on sight.
Casper Star-Tribune; Sept. 7
B.C. commission links hydraulic fracturing to seismic activity
After the Horn River Basin, a gas-rich shale formation in northeastern British Columbia, was shaken by a series of low-level earthquakes between 2009 and 2011, the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission launched an investigation, and in its recent report, linked those seismic incidents to the use of hydraulic fracturing, a drilling method that introduces water, sand and chemicals underground at high pressure to release gas from rock formations.
Edmonton Journal (Canadian Press); Sept. 7
USFS again says no to proposed ski resort in Montana's Bitterroot Valley
Forest supervisors from the Lolo and Bitterroot national forests again rejected Tom Maclay's proposal to build a ski resort in U.S. Forest Service lands adjacent to his family's Bitterroot Valley ranch in Montana.
Ravalli Republic; Sept. 7
Asarco warns of deficiencies in EPA's plan to cleanup Idaho's Silver Valley
The company that is contributing $482 million of the $635 million needed to clean up contamination in Idaho's Silver Valley left behind by decades of mining warned the Environmental Protection Agency that contaminated rail lines once operated by Union Pacific Railroad will continue to be a source of pollution in the Coeur d'Alene Basin, putting the entire cleanup operation at risk.
Seattle Times (AP); Sept. 7
B.C. environment minister testifies at Northern Gateway pipeline hearing
B.C. Environment Minister Terry Lake was appointed by B.C. Premier Christy Clark to represent the province at the federal hearings on Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline project, which would traverse B.C. on its way to a port at Kitimat, and on Thursday, Lake made it clear that Enbridge must prove that the pipeline has a "world-class oil spill prevention and response mechanism" and adequate liability insurance to assure taxpayers not get stuck with a bill for any spill clean-up.
Edmonton Journal; Sept. 7
Colorado ski resort, water district ink 'historic' agreement
Under an agreement signed last month, Vail Resorts agreed to let the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District move water from the Eagle River through Vail Mountain's snowmaking system into Mill Creek, and in exchange Vail Mountain can use asmuch as 100 acre-feet of water in Black Lakes for snowmaking through Dec. 31.
Vail Daily; Sept. 7
Utah officials said preliminary tests found no water pollution from refinery blast
John Whitehead, assistant director of the Utah Division of Water Quality, said that the initial test results of the area in Woods Cross where oil from last week's explosion at the Holly refinery fell found no evidence of water pollution.
Salt Lake Tribune; Sept. 6
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