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NIFC predicts above-normal wildfire potential in Idaho, Montana
On Wednesday, the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise issued its first wildfire outlook report that said portions of Idaho and Montana could see above-normal wildfire activity, as could areas of the West Coast and the Southwest.
Idaho Statesman (AP); May 2
Study questions Enbridge's data on potential spills from B.C. pipeline
A Simon Fraser University study to be released today says Enbridge underestimated the potential for spills from its proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, and said the company's figures are so far off the mark that environmental regulators should not use them to assess the risk of the pipeline that would carry Alberta bitumen west to ports on the British Columbia coast.
Toronto Globe and Mail; May 2
Colorado agency notifies Williams Co. pipeline spill violates state law
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment formally notified Williams Co. that the pipeline spill from its natural-gas processing plant that released an estimated 10,122 gallons of natural gas liquids into the ground near Parachute Creek was an illegal release of hazardous waste.
Denver Post; May 2
Study says hydraulic fracturing could affect water resources in the West
A report released by Ceres found that, although hydraulic fracturing in states like Colorado and Texas currently uses less than 1 percent of water resources overall, the group said the use of millions of gallons of water to drill one well could have a huge effect on local water resources.
New York Times; May 2
Montana specialty bicycle manufacturer takes on revamp of Asia's pedicabs
The Asian Development Bank invited Lightfoot Cycles president Rod Miner, whose company Lightfoot Cycles makes specially designed bicycles in Montana's Bitterroot Valley, to work with other designers in Manila to find ways to improve pedicab transportation in cities across Asia, and Miner said the group came up with such ideas as lighter, safer pedicabs geared to make handling hills and other terrain easier to navigate.
Ravalli Republic; May 2
Wyoming on Colorado, Connecticut gun makers' radar
Robert Jensen, the CEO of the Wyoming Business Council, said he's seen unprecedented interest from gun and ammunition manufacturers in Colorado and Connecticut about relocating to the Cowboy State.
Casper Star-Tribune; May 2
Washington, Colorado, Oregon most bike-friendly in U.S.
The League of American Biking released its annual ranking of states on such factors as bike programs, policies, funding for biking legislation, infrastructure and education, and for the sixth consecutive year, Washington state ranked first, Colorado moved up to second, and Oregon third.
USA Today; May 2
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