Friday, April 19, 2013

Rockies Today, April 19

Posted By on Fri, Apr 19, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Top news links, courtesy of Mountain West News.

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EPA faulted for delay on evaluating asbestos' effect in Montana town
The Inspector General of the Environmental Protection Agency criticized the EPA for a delay in health studies in Libby, the small Montana town where many residents have suffered ill effects from asbestos contained in the vermiculite mined near that town.
Helena Independent Record (AP); April 19

Dirt from Utah, other states blankets April's snow bounty in Colorado
The luster of the 61-hour, record-setting snowfall in Colorado's mountains, and what that snow means for the state struggling with the effects of a throttling drought, has been diminished by dust from Utah, Arizona and New Mexico brought to the mountaintops by strong winds.
Denver Post; April 19

Williams Co. reports trace amounts of benzene in Colorado's Parachute Creek
Work has been continuing for weeks to keep contamination from a failed valve at the Williams Co. natural-gas processing plant from reaching Parachute Creek, but on Thursday, the company reported tests indicated benzene had been detected in the Colorado creek for the first time since the leak was reported.
Denver Post (AP); April 19

Donor of Y Cross Ranch to appeal ruling to Wyoming Supreme Court
Amy Davis, the Denver philanthropist who donated the Y Cross Ranch to the University of Wyoming and Colorado State University, said she'll appeal the dismissal of her lawsuit challenging the universities' decision to sell the Wyoming ranch, to the Wyoming Supreme Court.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); April 19

Wyoming Supreme Court sends gas injection case back to oil, gas board
A dispute between two Texas companies working in southwest Wyoming is headed back to the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission after the state Supreme Court said the Commission's expertise was needed in the case that pitted ExxonMobil against Denbury Resources over Denbury's plan to store hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide underground in an area adjacent to ExxonMobil's natural gas and helium operations.
Casper Star-Tribune; April 19

Federal tracking system for cattle now in place
On March 11, federal rules took effect that require dairy cows and sexually intact beef cattle over 18 months of age be registered if they cross state lines.
Salt Lake Tribune; April 19

More Wyoming residents evicted as Casper-area motel closes
Although all of the evictions that have occurred in and near Casper are unrelated, the latest closure of the Dew Drop Inn in Mills, a single-story motel that provided low-cost housing to 20 adults and children, drives the number of low-income residents seeking new homes to 120, in an area of Wyoming that has just 12 rental units available right now.
Casper Star-Tribune; April 19

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