Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Rockies Today, Nov. 27

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GOP senators block Montana senator's 'Sportsmen's Act of 2012"
Republican senators said measures contained in the Sportsmen's Act of 2012, which contained more than a dozen outdoor-related bills, simply cost too much, and they blocked the bill sponsored by Montana U.S. Sen. Jon Tester on principle.
Ravalli Republic (AP); Nov. 27

Saving Snake River sockeye from extinction a spendy, long-term venture
In 1992, a single Snake River sockeye salmon made the 900-mile swim upriver from the Pacific Ocean to Redfish Lake Creek in Idaho, and since that time, state, federal and tribal agencies have poured $40 million into saving the species.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; Nov. 25

TransCanada's proposed B.C. pipeline may not undergo federal review
Under changes to federal environmental laws, TransCanada's proposed Coastal GasLink project, a 403-mile long, 4-foot wide underground pipeline that will cross 320 watercourses on its way from near Dawson's Creek to Kitimat, may not be subjected to federal review.
Calgary Herald (Vancouver Sun); Nov. 27

Alberta company inks deal to ship N.D. crude to Philadelphia
Calgary-based Enbridge Inc. announced it had signed a $68-million deal with Canopy Prospecting Inc. to develop facilities necessary to move 80,000 barrels per day of crude oil from the Bakken shale prospect in North Dakota to Philadelphia by railcar by the end of next year.
Calgary Herald (Reuters); Nov. 27

Lack of pipelines force oil companies to flare natural gas at Wyoming sites
An energy boom has arrived in the southern half of the Powder River Basin in Wyoming, outpacing infrastructure, including pipelines needed to carry natural gas to markets, so oil companies are flaring off the gas and area residents are urging the state to do something about the practice.
Casper Star-Tribune; Nov. 27

USFWS to again review status of jumping mouse in Colorado, Wyoming
The Preble's jumping mouse has been on the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife since 1998, and its habitat is protected in Colorado but not in Wyoming, but on Monday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it was going to do an endangered status review of the species in both states.
Casper Star-Tribune; Nov. 27

USFS contemplates reroute of Continental Divide Trail in S. Colorado
The U.S. Forest Service's proposed reroute of a 31.2-mile stretch of the the Colorado Trail and the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail — or the CDNST — as it runs through the Cochetopa Hills area of the Rio Grande National Forest in southern Colorado contains a proposal to ban mountain bikes off the stretch of new trail from Lujan Pass to the La Garita Wilderness, and opposition to that proposal is increasing.
Denver Post; Nov. 27

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