Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Rockies Today, April 30

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 10:36 AM

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Montana Supreme Court hears arguments in stream-access case
On Monday, the Montana Supreme Court heard arguments on a stream-access case that stretches back nearly a decades, and which challenges the state's 1985 Stream Access Law.
Montana Standard; April 30

Petroleum pipeline in Utah fails government-ordered stress test
After Chevron Pipe Line Co.'s pipeline split near the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Utah on March 18 and spilled an estimated 20,000 gallons of diesel fuel, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration ordered the 60-year-old pipeline be tested before it went back on line, and on Monday, a section of pipe between Ogden and Willard Bay failed the stress test.
Salt Lake Tribune; April 29

Majority of EnergySolutions' stockholders approve public-to-private move
In a report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Utah-based EnergySolutions reported that roughly 53 million shares were voted in favor of the merger with New Jersey-based private equity fund Energy Capital Partners, while roughly 15.4 million stocks were voted against the move that would put the company back into private hands.
Salt Lake Tribune; April 29

Idaho Power, net-metering customers to meet with Idaho PUC today
Idaho Power Co. wants to change its financial relationship with net-metering customers, those folks who have solar panels or other power-generating installations on their homes and businesses, and today, utility officials and those customers will sit down with the Idaho Public Utilities Commission to try to reach a settlement on proposed changes.
Idaho Statesman; April 30

BLM releases final EIS on land exchange near Colorado's Mount Sopris
The public has until May 29 to submit comments on the proposed Sutey-Two Shoes land exchange at the base of Mount Sopris in Colorado that would swap slightly more than 1,200 acres of Bureau of Land Management lands to Leslie and Abigail Wexner, owners of the Two Shoes Ranch, in exchange for about 700 acres of land held by the Wexners, an agreement by the Wexners to put a conservation easement on some of the lands and $1.1 million for management of those lands.
Aspen Times (Glenwood Springs Post Independent); April 30

Police arrest 3 protesters at Peabody Energy annual meeting in Wyoming
At Peabody Energy's annual meeting on Monday on the Gillette College campus in Wyoming, three of the estimated 30 protesters were arrested.
Casper Star-Tribune; April 30

High winds reignite weeks-old controlled burn in Montana
Crews from multiple communities and agencies in Montana jumped on a wildfire near Canyon Ferry caused by a controlled burn done 19 days prior and kept the blaze go just five acres.
Helena Independent Record; April 30

Woman may be first to be charged under Utah's 2012 'ag gag' law
Amy Meyer said she did not believe she had broken any law when she filmed activity at the Dale T. Smith and Sons Meat Packing Co. in Draper in February, because she did not trespass onto private property during the filming, but prosecutors have filed charges against her under a law passed in 2012 that makes it a misdemeanor to record activity at an agricultural operation such as a slaughterhouse without the express permission of the property owner.
Salt Lake Tribune; April 29

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