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Groups question Montana PSC decision to pull power graph from site
Montana Public Service Commission Chairman Bill Gallagher said that he ordered the graph that showed were NorthWestern Energy obtained its power pulled from the PSC's website because it contained inaccurate information, but officials of renewable energy groups questioned the timing of the decision as it was made the day that Gallagher testified before the Legislature in favor of a bill written by NorthWestern Energy.
Great Falls Tribune; Jan. 22
'FrackNation' to premiere tonight in Helena
Phelim McAleer, one of the Los Angeles-based filmmakers who made the new documentary that attacks opponents of the drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, will attend tonight's premiere of FrackNation in Helena.
Great Falls Tribune (AP); Jan. 22
Colorado billionaire bets big on Wyoming wind power
Phil Anschutz proposes spending $9 billion to build the 1,000-turbine wind farm on 2,000 acres in Wyoming to ship that power 752 miles on a proposed transmission line to Las Vegas for ultimate delivery to California, although officials from that state have said they prefer to buy energy from renewable resources within the state.
Denver Post; Jan. 20
Utah lawmaker urges Idaho to get control of federal lands for 'economic self-reliance'
On Monday, Utah state Rep. Ken Ivory made a presentation to members of the Idaho House and Senate resource committees on the Beehive State's successful passage of legislation that demands the federal government transfer some lands within Utah's borders to the state by 2014.
Twin Falls Times-News; Jan. 22
President Obama vows to address climate change
In his inaugural speech on Monday, President Obama said that he will work to address climate change issues during his second term in office.
New York Times; Jan. 22
A wildfire still burns in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado
The Fern Lake Fire in the Rocky Mountain National Park is a smoldering reminder of last year's fierce wildfire season in Colorado and other Rocky Mountain West states, and unless snow levels increase, a foretelling of the wildfire season to come.
USA Today; Jan. 22
Utah city offers residents a choice on PCE contaminated water
A plume of groundwater contaminated by the dry cleaning solvent, P Tetrachloroethylene, often called PCE, has rendered all but one of Woods Cross' drinking water wells unusable, and now the Utah city plans to ask residents if they would pay $9 a month to help remove PCE from their drinking water or just live with the low level contamination.
Salt Lake Tribune; Jan. 22
Report touts Canada's role in world's mining industry
While London remains the global center for financing mining operations, Canada is the global center for mineral exploration.
Vancouver Sun; Jan. 22
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