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U.S. House panel takes testimony on proposed hydraulic-fracturing rules
On Wednesday, legislators and representatives of Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota told members of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee that proposed federal regulations on hydraulic fracturing were unnecessary, and that such regulations should be left to states.
Great Falls Tribune; May 9
Alberta's suspension of energy lease sales in caribou range a first
In a move that surprised and delighted wildlife advocates, the Alberta Energy Department temporarily suspended the sale of oil and gas leases near the ranges of the Little Smoky Caribou and À La Peche herds northeast of Jasper National Park, to allow recovery plans for the threatened herds to be completed.
Edmonton Journal; May 4
J.R. Simplot seeks federal permission to grow a better potato
The Innate potato genetically engineered by J.R. Simplot contains just genes from five different potato varieties, and the Idaho-based company is seeking an exemption from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's rules designed to prevent plant pests.
Idaho Statesman; May 9
Volunteers help Idaho wildlife agency track sage grouse activity
There are an estimated 950 sage grouse leks in south-central Idaho in the state Department of Fish and Game's database, and this year volunteers helped the agency track dancing male sage grouse and the females attracted by the routine at 450 leks.
Twin Falls Times-News; May 9
Texas firm will allow energy lease in Colorado's Thompson basin to expire
Opponents of energy development on Colorado's Thompson Basin dismissed SG Interests I Ltd.'s announcement that it would allow a lease in the Coal Basin in that area to expire on May 31 as a publicity stunt, and said the real concern about oil and gas work is in the 20,000-acre Lake Ridge Unit.
Aspen Times; May 9
Alberta company proposes hydropower plant, transmission line
To provide the power needed by the developing natural gas operations in northwest Alberta and in British Columbia, Alberta-based Atco is proposing a hydroelectric dam just north of the Alberta border in the Northwest Territories and a new transmission north from Fort McMurray to Fort Smith.
Edmonton Journal; May 9
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