Friday, September 27, 2013

Rockies Today, Sept. 27

Posted By on Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 11:37 AM

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NorthWestern Energy to buy PPL Montana's hydropower dams for $900M
The $900-million deal for NorthWestern Energy to buy PPL Montana's 11 hydropower dams on five Montana rivers must still be approved by state and federal regulators.
Great Falls Tribune; Sept. 27

Coalition asks court to intervene in company's lawsuit on Montana oil leases
On Thursday, EarthJustice and a coalition of environmental groups, members of the Blackfeet Tribe and recreationists asked the U.S. District Court in D.C. to allow them to intervene in the lawsuit filed by Louisiana-based Solenex LLC against the federal government seeking to end a suspension of its gas and oil lease on 6,200 acres in the Badger-Two Medicine region in Montana.
Great Falls Tribune; Sept. 27

Environmental groups say floods exposed flaws in Colorado's energy regs
The Colorado Oil and Gas Association said that, given the billions of gallons of rainwater that caused flooding that released millions of gallons of raw sewage in Colorado, the reported 37,000 gallons of oil released during recent flooding was pretty small, but environmental groups said overturned storage tanks and exposed pipes show that Colorado needs stronger regulations for energy work.
New York Times; Sept. 27

Wyoming state senator urges study of effects of flaring from energy operations
Wyoming state Sen. Jim Anderson said he regularly hears concerns from his Converse County constituents about the environmental effects of energy operations flaring off natural gas, and at a meeting Thursday of the Minerals, Business and Economic Development Interim Committee, he urged members to investigate how the practice is affecting the environment.
Casper Star-Tribune; Sept. 27

At Montana meeting on Thursday, some question need for wild bison
On the first of a two-day meeting in Lewistown hosted by the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to help develop a long-term conservation plan for bison, some in attendance said establishing a free-range herd of bison would harm agriculture.
Great Falls Tribune; Sept. 27

Wyoming rancher wants state to put Green River water to beneficial use
In order to put Wyoming's share of Green River water to use within the state, Bill Taliaferro is urging the Wyoming Water Development Commission to conduct a feasibility study on building a pipeline to carry some of the state's share of water stored in the Fontenelle Reservoir to Sweetwater County where it could be used to irrigate land.
Casper Star-Tribune; Sept. 27

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes grapple with former phosphate plant in Idaho
In the first of a three-part series on the shuttered phosphate plant on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation in southeast Idaho, Indian Country Today Media Network looks at the history of the plant and the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes' increasing involvement in cleaning up the polluted site.
Idaho Country Today; Sept. 27

Harper says Canada won't take no for an answer on Keystone XL project
In an interview with the Canadian American Business Council on Thursday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said that Canada will not accept a United States' rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline project, and he accused President Barack Obama of playing "bad politics" over the project, which will carry Alberta crude south to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Calgary Herald; Sept. 27

Vestas' Texas wind farm contract will keep Colorado plants humming
On Thursday, Vestas announced a contract to supply Duke Energy wind turbines for its new wind farm in Texas that will keep the Denmark-based company's three plants in Colorado busy.
Denver Post; Sept. 27

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