Friday, September 21, 2012

The Rockies Today, Sept. 21

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Federal judge in Montana gives USFWS a deadline on wolverine decision
In a lawsuit filed by environmental groups challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision that wolverines deserved federal protection but that its listing is precluded by higher-priority protections, a federal judge in Montana declined to dismiss the lawsuit as the agency had requested and said Fish and Wildlife must indicate by Dec. 14 if it is going to issue a decision on the wolverine by Jan. 18.
Helena Independent Record; Sept. 21

Federal officials share concerns, optimism about Colorado's forests
Harris Sherman, undersecretary of natural resources and environment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Mark Stiles, San Juan National Forest supervisor, met with members of the Durango Herald's editorial board on Thursday, and talked about how climate changes had affected forests in Colorado and the West, and how the U.S. Forest Service is using controlled burns and other mitigation processes to address those changes.
Durango Herald; Sept. 21

FERC: Idaho Power must buy wind-generated electricity
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ruled that Idaho Power must buy wind-generated electricity even when demand for power is low.
Idaho Statesman; Sept. 21

Wind energy tax credit a political football that realigns teams
The tax credit for wind-energy projects is set to end Dec. 31, and companies that make components of wind farms are shedding jobs — jobs that are in swing states such as Colorado and Iowa, where presidential candidate Mitt Romney's allegiance to ending the wind-energy tax, is causing friction with Republican lawmakers whose constituents are in danger of losing their jobs.
Washington Post; Sept. 20

B.C. launches pilot program to move unemployed to where the jobs are
Job Match, a $2.9-million pilot program in British Columbia, will work with communities where unemployment is low to bring in workers who may now be on welfare or getting unemployment benefits, to fill open jobs.
Vancouver Sun; Sept. 20

Wyoming task force makes recommendations on reducing ozone near Pinedale
A task force appointed by Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead to come up with recommendations on how to reduce wintertime ozone levels near Pinedale submitted recommendations this week that the natural gas industry install devices on drilling rigs, compressors and other equipment to reduce emissions.
Casper Star-Tribune; Sept. 21

Report provides options to treat water from Colorado abandoned mines
Idaho-based MWH Global released a report on treating water in Cement Creek which flows into the Animas River in Colorado that laid out four options for a treatment plant to remove the heavy metals four abandoned mines are releasing into the creek.
Durango Herald (Silverton Standard); Sept. 21

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