Friday, October 5, 2012

The Rockies Today, Oct. 5

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Montana county honors Greenough couple for stewardship
The second Missoula County Land Stewardship Award was given to Bill and Betty Potter for their work on their Greenough ranch that goes back decades.
Missoulian; Oct. 5

Former BLM director talks with High Country News about his career
Bob Abbey worked for the Bureau of Land Management for 28 years, and he retired twice, first in 2005, after serving eight years as the state director of the agency in Nevada, and the second time in May, after returning at the request of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to serve as federal director of the BLM, and in September, he talked with High Country News about the changes he saw at the agency over those 28 years.
HIgh Country News; Oct. 5

Trust for Public Land strikes deal to buy out oil, gas leases in Wyoming
The Trust for Public Land announced it had reached a deal with Texas-based Plains Exploration and Production Co. to buy gas and oil leases on 58,000 acres of land on the Wyoming Range in Wyoming for $8.75 million, and the land conservation group said it needs to raise half that amount by the end of the year for the deal to move forward.
Denver Post (AP); Oct. 5

Alberta finds winter storm to blame for duck deaths in oilsands ponds
Neither Syncrude nor Suncor will face charges over a 2010 incident where a winter storm forced waterfowl to land in oilsands ponds in northern Alberta, leading to the deaths of hundreds of ducks.
Edmonton Journal; Oct. 5>

Alaska natural-gas pipeline ratchets up competition for Asian markets
There are seven pipeline projects in some stage of development to ship natural gas from Canada's West Coast to Asian markets, and now the Alaska Southcentral LNG project, an 807-mile pipeline estimated to cost between $45-billion and $65-billion, enters the fray.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Oct. 5

Colorado gets $2.45M in federal funds to restore burn areas
The Natural Resources Conservation Service in Colorado received federal funds to stabilize areas burned by the High Park and Waldo Canyon fires this summer.
Denver Post; Oct. 5

Utah agency begins fire remediation work early
Wildfire season kicked off early in Utah this year, and state officials put their order in for seed to replant burned areas early, too, and by the end of this year, an estimated 2.1 million pounds of seed will be cast on burned areas in the state, with replanting already begun.
Salt Lake Tribune; Oct. 5

Hitachi Data to add hundreds of jobs in Colorado
On Friday, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and officials of Hitachi Data Systems announced that the international high-tech company will build a new data center in Douglas County that will add between 300 and 500 new jobs to the state's economy over the next five years.
Denver Post; Oct. 5

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