Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Rockies Today, Sept. 11

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Montana small business owners say public lands a draw
A survey of 200 small business owners in Montana found 70 percent agreed that public lands and outdoor recreational opportunities were a draw for locating or expanding their businesses in the Big Sky State. Contains a breakout about the panel: "Boosting Montana's Economy Through the Great Outdoors," scheduled for Monday at the sixth Montana Economic Development Summit at Montana Tech in Butte.
Montana Standard; Sept. 11

Colorado releases its rules for recreational marijuana businesses
On Monday, Colorado released its 136 pages of regulations for recreational marijuana businesses, making it the first state in the union to regulate such sales.
Denver Post; Sept. 11

Senate Judiciary Committee holds hearing on marijuana issues
At the hearing Tuesday of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on emerging issues dealing with the legalization of marijuana use by adults in Washington state and Colorado, federal officials said they were working with regulators to ease access to banking services for marijuana businesses in those states.
Seattle Times; Sept. 11

Canadian board issues safety advisory on labeling of N.D. crude oil
The Transportation Safety Board said its investigation of North Dakota crude oil in railcars of the train that derailed and exploded, killing 47 in a small Quebec town, was improperly labeled, and should have been classified as an explosive group 2 cargo—which means it is as flammable as gasoline.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Sept. 11

Colorado voters oust state senators over gun-control votes
In recall elections held Tuesday, both Colorado State Senate President John Morse and Sen. Angela Giron were booted from office by voters who were angry about gun-control measures passed this year.
Denver Post; Sept. 11

Environmental groups urge BLM to not lease coal in S. Utah
On Tuesday, a petition with 47,000 signatures was delivered to the Bureau of Land Management's Salt Lake City office, urging the federal agency to not approve the proposed expansion of the Coal Hollow Mine near Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah.
Salt Lake Tribune; Sept. 11

Alberta releases new policy to protect wetlands
Eight years in the making, Alberta has a new policy that changes the province's "no-net-loss" for wetlands protection to a hierarchial policy, which affords the most protections to "high value" wetlands, and requires oilsands operators and other developers to minimize the effect operations have on wetlands, or pay into a fund or replace a wetland near the one that was affected by development.
Edmonton Journal; Sept. 11

B.C. Hydro document estimates power rates to climb 26.4% by 2016
British Columbia's Energy Minister Bill Bennett said he thought it unlikely that B.C. Hydro's electricity rates would increase as dramatically as set out in an internal memo obtained by the Vancouver Sun, which said a 26.4-per-cent electricity rate increase from 2014 to 2016 would be needed to pay the utility's costs.
Vancouver Sun; Sept. 11

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