Friday, October 26, 2012

The Rockies Today, Oct. 26

Posted by on Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 10:53 AM

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NWF asks Montanans to support bison plan
In an effort to address what is becoming a polarized debate about restoring bison in and around the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge in Montana, the National Wildlife Federation sent letters to about 6,000 households in Montana's Phillips and Valley counties describing the not-for-profit wildlife group's support for the plan.
Great Falls Tribune; Oct. 26

Federal judge in Wyoming rejects wrongful death lawsuit in bear mauling
U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Freudenthal said Wyoming's Recreational Use Act was the basis of her decision to summarily dismiss the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the widow of a man who was killed by a grizzly bear that had been tranquilized and released near Yellowstone National Park.
Billings Gazette (YellowstoneGate.com); Oct. 26

Texas company seeks drill permit in Colorado's Thompson Divide
Nine and a half years after obtaining a 10-year lease in Colorado's Thompson Divide region, Texas-based SG Interests has filed its first application for permit to drill one well on one well pad, and the application is currently under review by the White River National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management, and opponents to energy development on the Thompson Divide are questioning the timing of the APD.
Post Independent (Glenwood Springs); Oct. 26

Wyoming DEQ finds no excessive emissions at Wyoming gas field
After Pavillion-area residents began complaining about emissions from area natural-gas fields, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality installed monitoring equipment, and this week, agency officials told residents that between January 2011 and March 2012, none of the pollutants detected at the site exceeded federal limits.
Casper Star-Tribune; Oct. 26

First Nations lead three-day protest against pipelines in B.C.
Thousands of protesters led by aboriginal groups gathered in British Columbia this week to protest a trio of proposed pipelines across the province to ramp up export of oil from Alberta's oilsands.
Indian Country Today; Oct. 26

Alberta-based company to expand shipping oil by rail
During a conference call Thursday on Cenovus Energy's strong third-quarter showing, executive vice-president Don Swystun said the Alberta company plans to double the amount of oil it ships by rail.
Calgary Herald; Oct. 26

Canadian energy firms say foreign investment fine, but control is not
On the final day of the National Buyer Seller Forum in Edmonton, three executives of energy companies said that foreign investment in Canada's energy projects was needed as the country doesn't have the financial means to go it alone, but all agreed that acceding control of such projects to foreign-owned companies was problematic.
Edmonton Journal; Oct. 26

Texas, Chinese firms launch joint venture in Colorado's Niobrara Basin
The deal between Houston-based Carrizo Oil & Gas and China-based Haimo Oil & Gas gives the Chinese company a 10 percent undivided interest on approximately 6,000 acres, primarily in Colorado's Weld and Adams counties; a separate agreement between Carrizo and Oil India/Indian Oil gives the India-based company a 30 percent interest in Carrizo Niobrara development activities.
Denver Post; Oct. 26

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