Final plan to clean up Upper Clark Fork River in Montana approved
The Trustee Restoration Council charged with allocating the funds from Montana's settlement with Atlantic Richfield Co. over natural resource damage caused by decades of mining in the basin signed off on a 20-year plan that will fund $65.5 million worth of projects crafted to improve water and land in Anaconda, Elliston, Drummond and Missoula, and another $40 million on groundwater projects in Butte and Anaconda, and now Gov. Brian Schweitzer must sign off on the plan.
Helena Independent Record; Dec. 4
EPA's rule on runoff from logging roads complicates Supreme Court hearing
At a Supreme Court hearing Monday on the issue of runoff from logging roads, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. told the attorney representing the federal government that a little notice that the Environmental Protection Agency was issuing a regulation crafted to deal with the issues would have been nice, although the government did ask the high court to schedule the hearing in 2013, just because that rule change was coming.
New York Times; Dec. 4
Canada lists bull trout in Alberta, Saskatchewan as species of concern
On Monday, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada listed 42 species as at risk, including the bull trout, which is Alberta's provincial fish.
Calgary Herald; Dec. 4
Colorado officials question USGS study on hydraulic fracturing, earthquakes
U.S. Geological Survey scientists have linked the practice of injecting wastewater from hydraulic fracturing operations deep underground to seismic events in Colorado and Oklahoma, but Colorado officials said they believe that more research is needed to substantiate that link.
Denver Post; Dec. 4
Sasol puts Alberta coal-to-liquids plant on hold to work on Louisiana facilities
South African energy company Sasol Ltd. made good on its promise to make a decision on proceeding with a study on its proposed 8-billion natural-gas-to-liquids fuel plant in Alberta, by announcing Monday that it will put the study on hold while it moves ahead with plans to build two plants in Louisiana.
Edmonton Journal; Dec. 4
Wildfire in Colorado forces hundreds from their homes
Gusty winds re-energized the Fern Lake Fire burning inside Rocky Mountain National Park and required the evacuation of hundreds of home near Estes Park in Colorado, although some of the evacuees were expected to be allowed to go home by Wednesday.
Denver Post; Dec. 4
Colorado county sheriff orders fire restrictions
Boulder County's dry conditions prompted County Sheriff Joe Pelle to impose a fire ban on some unicorporated parts of the Colorado county on Monday.
Boulder Daily Camera; Dec. 4
Idahoans asked to provide input on nuclear industry
On Monday, the Leadership in Nuclear Energy (LINE) Commission, which is tasked with studying the future of the nuclear industry in Idaho, published the results of the panel's round of public meetings, and now residents of the Gem State are being asked to respond to the recommendations found in that report.
Twin Falls Times-News; Dec. 4
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