Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Rockies Today, Oct. 3

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BPA: Better options for SE Idaho than Mountain States Transmission Intertie
NorthWestern Energy announced today that the Bonneville Power Administration has informed the company that BPA believes there are better options to provide transmission capacity to southern Idaho than the proposed Mountain States Transmission Intertie, which would run between Townsend, Mont., and Jerome, Idaho.
Helena Independent Record; Oct. 3

Anglers dispute need to remove lake trout from Yellowstone Lake
Not everyone is happy with the National Park Service's ongoing mission to remove lake trout from Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone National Park, with some anglers saying it's unneeded as cutthroat trout have been co-existing with lake trout for decades, and that the effort is unlikely to be 100 percent successful.
Jackson Hole News and Guide; Oct. 3

USFWS proposes listing Utah tiger beetle as threatened
The Coral Pink Sand Dunes tiger beetle is found only in the Coral Pink Sand Dunes west of Kanab, and on Tuesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed listing the species as threatened and designating more than 2,000 acres in Utah's Kane County as critical habitat for the beetle.
Salt Lake Tribune; Oct. 3

Colorado, Cotter Corp. agree to uranium mine cleanup deal
Colorado has signed a deal that will require Cotter Corp. to treat millions of gallons of water that is leaking from its Schwartzwalder uranium mine into Ralston Creek, which ultimately flows into Ralston Reservoir.
Denver Post; Oct. 3

EPA signs off on interim cleanup plan for Superfund site in SE Idaho
The Environmental Protection Agency approved a five-year, $57-million plan to clean up Pennsylvania-based FMC Corp.'s former phosphorous production plant on the Shoshone-Bannock reservation in southeastern Idaho, but the federal agency reserved the right to make changes in the plan as the work moves forward.
Portland Oregonian (AP); Oct. 3

Long-term plan for Alberta oilsands country includes lots of lakes
The plan laid out by Alberta's industry-funded Cumulative Environmental Management Association for the future of the open pits left behind by oilsands mining envisions miles of lakeshore along lakes with water clean enough for fish and people, but much is still not known about the ecological processes it will take to reach that goal.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Oct. 3

Imperial Oil puts nonthermal process to test in Alberta oilsands
Imperial Oil Ltd. will spend $100 million to test new technology that uses a solvent rather than steam to thin oilsands flow to extract the oil from its sandy beds at its operations in Alberta.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Oct. 3

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