Thursday, April 4, 2013

Rockies Today, April 4

Posted By on Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Top news links, courtesy of Mountain West News.

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Hundreds show up for Montana congressman's session on Front Heritage Act
U.S. Rep. Steve Daines' Wednesday listening session in Choteau on Montana U.S. Sen. Max Baucus' Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act drew 200 people, with a majority of those in attendance in favor of the legislation that would add 67,112 acres of new wilderness to the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex and designate 208,160 acres as Conservation Management Area.
Great Falls Tribune; April 4

Utah governor declines to sign water compact with Nevada
Saying it was one of the hardest decisions he's had to make while governor of Utah, Gov. Gary Herbert announced Wednesday that he would not sign an agreement with Nevada to share groundwater in an aquifer along the states' border.
Salt Lake Tribune; April 4

USFS report warns Congress, White House about doubling of wildfire risk
In a report submitted to Congress and the White House, U.S. Forest Service scientists warned that hotter, drier weather would double the risk of wildfires by 2050.
Denver Post; April 4

Alberta's plan to slash emissions surprises Canadian, industry officials
At a recent meeting in Calgary, Alberta Environment Minister Diana McQueen laid out the province's ambitious plan to curb greenhouse gas emissions, taking both Canada's Environment Minister Peter Kent and the oil industry executives at the meeting by surprise at the breadth of the plan.
Toronto Globe and Mail; April 4

Oklahoma company rolls out plan for N.D.-to-Wyoming oil pipeline
Representatives of Hiland Crude, a subsidiary of Oklahoma-based Hiland Partners, met with Converse County commissioners Wednesday, to discuss the company's plan to build a 462-mile pipeline to move oil from North Dakota's Bakken fields to Guernsey, Wyo.
Casper Star-Tribune; April 4

TransCanada wins political support for pipeline to move Alberta oil east
The multibillion-dollar Energy East Pipeline proposed by TransCanada Corp. to move oil from Alberta to Canada's East Coast will reverse the flow in a portion of its existing west-to-east pipeline and build a new section between Quebec and the port city of Saint John, N.B., and company officials said it will soon hold an open season to gauge producers' support for the project.
Edmonton Journal (Calgary Herald); April 4

Scientist urges Canada to explore what's causing fish deformities in Alberta river
University of Alberta professor David Schindler said deformities found in fish in Alberta's Athabasca River downstream from oilsands operations are similar to deformities found in the waters off the coast of Alaska following the ExxonValdez oil spill and in Gulf Coast waters following the Deepwater Horizon well disaster, and Schindler is asking Canadian officials to investigate to determine if there's a link between the fish deformities and exposure to crude oil.
Calgary Herald (Canadian Press); April 4

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