Failed factory looms over Idaho town
When China-based Hoku Corporation broke ground on a $700-million polysilicon factory in 2007 in Pocatello, the Idaho town's economy seemed poised to take flight, but the factory never produced polysilicon, the bankrupt company left creditors owed hundreds of millions of dollars, and given that the bankruptcy auction held last month drew a top bid of $3.7 million, it's likely most creditors will go unpaid.
New York Times; Nov. 6
Voters approve four marijuana-tax related measures in Colorado
On Tuesday, a statewide sales tax on marijuana sales was approved by Colorado voters, and residents of Boulder, Denver and Littleton approved city sales taxes on marijuana in those communities.
Denver Post; Nov. 6
B.C., Alberta deal could clear way for pipelines to the coast
Alberta Premier Alison Redford and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark did meet on Tuesday, despite Redford's early morning announcement that day that the meeting was canceled, and at the meeting the two leaders were able to agree in principle on five conditions B.C. had said needed to be met before the province would consider permitting for two oil pipelines, putting projects proposed by Enbridge and Kinder Morgan back on the table.
Vancouver Sun; Nov. 6
Stalled pipeline projects in B.C. put Alberta crude on the rails
Negotiations between British Columbia and Alberta over pipeline projects to move Alberta crude to ports and refineries on the West Coast have stalled, prompting more oilsands producers to ship their product by rail, and the trend is already rising in North America, with Canadian National Railway reporting 5,000 carloads of crude oil in 2011, 30,000 in 2012, and an estimated 60,000 this year, and Canadian Pacific's shipments of crude oil to primarily the Northeast United States and the Gulf Coast rising from 13,000 carloads in 2011, to 53,500 carloads in 2012, 90,000 this year.
Vancouver Sun; Nov. 5
Critics question Idaho Power's commitment to coal
Although Idaho Power doesn't need the Idaho Public Utilities Commission to sign off on its plan to spend $130 million to install pollution-control upgrades at the Jim Bridger coal-fired power plant in Wyoming, the utility that serves people and businesses in Southern Idaho and eastern Oregon has asked it to do so, but critics are questioning if the utility should make ratepayers pay for the updates.
Idaho Statesman; Nov. 6
Wyoming DEQ to consider permit for coal-gasification plant next week
Concerns that Australia-based Linc Energy's in-situ underground coal gasification project could contaminate the Fort Union aquifer that supplies water to Sheridan and Gillette prompted a review by the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, which will take up the permit application on Nov. 14.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); Nov. 6
Secession measures pass in 5 of 11 Colorado counties
On Tuesday, voters in 11 Colorado counties were asked to approve measures that would have directed those counties' commissions to explore creation of a 51st state, and the measures passed in Kit Carson, Washington, Phillips, Cheyenne and Yuma counties, but failed in Weld, Sedgwick, Moffat, Elbert, Lincoln and Logan counties.
Denver Post; Nov. 6
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