Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Rockies Today, April 10

Posted By on Wed, Apr 10, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Top news links, courtesy of Mountain West News.

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USFS policy change seeks public input pre-decision
On March 27, the U.S. Forest Service implemented a new policy that asks people to weigh in on projects before decisions are made on how to proceed to help refine the decision making process and perhaps decrease the number of appeals filed on projects.
Ravalli Republic; April 10

BLM grants companies' suspension requests on Colorado leases
The Bureau of Land Management granted suspension requests from SG Interests and Ursa Resources Group that will allow those companies more time to develop 25 natural-gas leases on the Thompson Divide in Colorado.
Aspen Times; April 10

Salazar: Wyoming will get a say in Blueways designation of Yellowstone River
Wyoming U.S. Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis opposed the Interior Department's plan to designate the Yellowstone River as a "Blueway," and outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar answered those concerns with the promise that "...the nomination process will also require a letter of support from states with a significant portion of the watershed within their borders."
Casper Star-Tribune; April 9

Developer fights Alberta decision to decline water license for development
Nearly all the water in southern Alberta is closed to new licenses, and in Okotoks, where it has only enough water in its permit to grow by a couple of thousand residents, the issue is particularly controversial, but a developer of a project near the town is appealing the province's decision to deny a permit for water.
Calgary Herald; April 10

Nebraska company halts work on coal mine in W. Wyoming
The Haystack Coal Co., a subsidiary of Nebraska-based Kiewit Corp., announced it was halting work on its coal mine near Evanston, citing poor coal prices in its decision on the Wyoming mine.
Casper Star-Tribune; April 10

County sheriffs in Colorado to sue to block new regulations
More than half of the county sheriffs in Colorado have agreed to join a lawsuit to block the state's new gun laws.
Denver Post; April 10

Update on Utah diesel fuel spill finds 3,000 gallons of fuel yet to be recovered
The amount of diesel fuel spilled from Chevron's pipeline in Utah near Willard Bay State Park three weeks ago has been reduced by about 6,000 gallons, down to 21,000 gallons, and the latest update indicates there are about 3,000 gallons of fuel yet to be cleaned up.
Salt Lake Tribune; April 10

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