Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Rockies Today, Jan. 29

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Japan eases restrictions on U.S. beef
On Friday, Japan will begin allowing meat from cattle in the United States 30 months old or younger into the country, easing the 20-month age restriction put in place a decade ago, a bit of good news for the beef industry that has been hit hard by drought and rising costs.
New York Times; Jan. 29

Idaho ranchers angry about BLM's grazing limits in Owyhee County
Bureau of Land Management officials said they had no option other than reducing grazing on three of four allotments in Idaho's Owyhee County, given the order handed down by U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill that required the federal agency to review 75 grazing permits.
Idaho Statesman; Jan. 29

Trudeau agrees with Alberta premier on national energy strategy
During a visit to Alberta, Liberal leadership candidate Justin Trudeau said he agreed with Alberta Premier Alison Redford that Canada needs a national energy strategy, but he does not support the Gateway West pipeline as Redford does, because he would prefer to ship Alberta bitumen east to be processed in country.
Calgary Herald; Jan. 29

Company plans to build rail terminal in Wyoming to ship crude oil
Casper-based Eighty Eight Oil LLC announced Monday that it would build a rail loading terminal near Guernsey that will be capable of moving 80,000 barrels of crude oil per day by the end of this year, with plans to handle oil from Canada, North Dakota's Bakken Oil formation, and even locally produced oil from Wyoming.
Casper Star-Tribune; Jan. 29

Public comment period opens on B.C. Hydro's Site C project
B.C. Hydro's Site C, a $7-9-billion hydroelectric project on the Peace River in northeast British Columbia would be the third such project on the Peace River, and B.C. Hydro says the project is needed to meet growing demand for power, but environmental and First Nation groups oppose the project because it will flood important farmland.
Vancouver Sun; Jan. 29

Idaho's resources could make state a player in rare earth minerals market
An Arkansas company is already testing for rare earth minerals in an area of southeast Idaho near the Montana border, and Virginia Gillerman, an economic geologist for the Idaho Geological Survey, believes that only California, Alaska and Wyoming likely have more such resources than the Gem State.
Idaho Statesman (Idaho Falls Post-Register); Jan. 29

Utah group wants legislators to take a stand on clean air
The air in some Utah cities has been so polluted in recent weeks that some of those cities made the Environmental Protection Agency's "worst air" list and now Utah Mom’s for Clean Air is asking state lawmakers to sign a pledge to work on cleaning up the state's air, and will publish lists of those who sign, and those who don't.
Salt Lake Tribune; Jan. 28

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