Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Rockies Today, March 20

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Global Clean Energy Holdings Inc. buys Montana-based Sustainable Oils
Bozeman-based Sustainable Oils, which worked to develop a biofuel out of camelina in Montana, has been purchased by Global Clean Energy Holdings Inc., an international holding company that most recently worked to develop a biofuel from the fruit of the tropical jatropha bush.
Billings Gazette; March 20

Colorado governor signs gun bills into law
On Tuesday, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed bills that would limit gun magazines to 15 rounds, require background checks for private and online gun sales and require gun purchasers to pay fees for background checks.
Denver Post; March 20

Chevron pipeline leak forces closure of portion of Utah state park
Parts of the Willard Bay State Park on the edge of the Great Salt Lake in Utah were closed on Tuesday as Chevron crews worked to contain diesel fuel leaking from its pipeline.
Salt Lake Tribune; March 20

German researchers withdraw from Alberta oilsands project
Scientists with the Helmholtz Initiative, Germany's largest scientific organization, announced they were withdrawing from a joint project with the University of Alberta to improve environmental and engineering work in the province's oilsands, with political pressure over environmental issues and Germany's upcoming elections cited as reasons for the decision to withdraw.
Edmonton Journal (Canadian Press); March 20

Wyoming county commission informed of delay on wind-farm construction
Representatives of Power Company of Wyoming, a subsidiary of Colorado-based Anschutz Corp., told the Carbon County Commission that the company will wait until March of 2014 to file for state Industrial Siting permits for the 1,000-turbine Chokecherry and Sierra Madre wind project.
Casper Star-Tribune; March 20

Construction of Wyoming coal-to-gas conversion plant delayed
April 1 was the deadline for DKRW Advanced Fuels, the developer of a $1-billion coal-to-gas conversion plant in Wyoming, to update the state Industrial Siting Council on its construction schedule, but Sinopec Engineering Group, the company DKRW contracted with to build the plant, has indicated that it will not be able to meet its original construction schedule.
Casper Star-Tribune; March 20

Colorado county, energy company sign pact on shale oil drilling
The La Plata County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a memorandum of understanding with Swift Energy Operating LLC that will allow the Texas company to drill the first two shale oil wells in the Colorado county.
Durango Herald; March 20

Pledge to keep oil, gas chemicals secret chaps Colorado doctors
Form 35, developed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, requires doctors who get information about chemicals used in oil and gas operations to help them treat patients exposed to those chemicals to keep that information secret, but not one doctor has signed the form.
Denver Post; March 20

Idaho House subcommittee passes resolution on federal lands transfer
On Tuesday, the Idaho House State Affairs Committee approved a resolution to request that the federal government transfer the 35-million acres of land currently managed by the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and other agencies to the state.
Idaho Statesman; March 20

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