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Decision on wolf trapping in Montana near Yellowstone NP in judge's hands
After the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission suspended trapping in two zones near Yellowstone National Park over concerns that too many wolves used in research were being killed, state Rep. Alan Redfield, Citizens for Balanced Use, Big Game Forever and Montana Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife challenged the decision, and the ban was temporarily lifted, and at a hearing on Monday, state District Judge Brenda Gilbert heard from both sides on whether the ban should be implemented or permanently lifted.
Billings Gazette (AP); Jan. 15
Groups urge Montana to hold hearings in cities affected by coal train traffic
The Montana Departments of Environmental Quality and Natural Resources and Conservation are holding three meetings this week in Eastern Montana on the proposed Otter Creek Mine, but 17 environmental groups are urging that, since the coal will be exported, that hearings also be held in Helena, Bozeman, Billings and Missoula, through which coal trains will pass.
Billings Gazette (AP); Jan. 15
Group urges USFS to shut regional office, not merge Wyo., Idaho forests
The Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance sent a letter last week to U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, asking that the agency reconsider closing the regional office in Ogden, Utah, to save money rather than proceed with a proposal to merge the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming with the Caribou-Targhee National Forest in Idaho.
Jackson Hole Daily; Jan. 15
WildEarth Guardians sue EPA over plan to curb haze in Wyoming
In a lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Denver, WildEarth Guardians challenged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's plan to curb haze in Wyoming, because the plan sets emission limits from coal-fired power plants in the state at a level that they can already meet.
Casper Star-Tribune; Jan. 15
NEB hearing on Northern Gateway Pipeline in B.C. draws protesters
At the first National Energy Board public hearing in Vancouver, B.C., on the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline that would carry oilsands from Alberta to a port on the B.C. coast, hundreds of protesters representing First Nation, environmental and other groups rallied outside the meeting room.
Calgary Herald (Vancouver Sun); Jan. 15
Oregon senator seeks information on coal royalties, export plans
In an interview with Oregon Public Broadcasting, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden said his inquiry into the nation's coal business involves two issues: Are coal producers paying the correct amount of royalties on the coal they pull from public lands, and should the nation be exporting coal to Asia. The article contains 10 facts about coal production in the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana.
OPB.org; Jan. 15
Montana event provides details of life in the oil boom
At the "Boom or Bust: Social Impacts of Oil and Gas Development" event in Great Falls on Monday, representatives of communities that are dealing with the energy boom, shared their stories about how that boom has changed their communities.
Great Falls Tribune; Jan. 15
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