Montana State U. builds an acoustic atlas
There are hundreds of natural sounds recorded by researchers waiting to be archived on Montana State University's new website acousticatlas.org and work is underway to capture sounds in the Yellowstone ecosystem, including its iconic bubbling geothermal system.
Billings Gazette; Nov. 19
NPS hosts meeting on Yellowstone Park's winter plan on Friday
The National Park Service will hold a public meeting about Yellowstone National Park's collaborative winter adaptive management program on Friday in Bozeman, and the agency is offering an option for those who can't make the meeting in Montana to participate remotely, and all who plan are attending, either in person or remotely, are asked to RSVP by Wednesday.
Billings Gazette; Nov. 19
Wyoming governor among thousands to comment on coal-export plan
The comment period on the scope of the environmental assessment of a proposed coal export port on Washington state's coast closed Monday, with more than 163,000 comments received, including that of Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, who championed the construction of the port to ease the export of coal from Wyoming and Montana.
Casper Star-Tribune; Nov. 19
Critics say environmental assessment of B.C. coal port inadequate
Fraser Surrey Docks said it called upon a variety of experts to assess the plan to build a coal-export port at its docks on British Columbia's coast, but environmental and municipal groups said the study, which said the port would not cause any adverse effects to the environment or human health, fell short of even a basic health assessment.
Vancouver Sun; Nov. 19
Report says Idaho national monument would provide modest revenue
On Monday, Boise economist Don Reading released his economic analysis of the general proposal of designating an area of the Boulder-White Clouds Mountains in Idaho as a national monument that said Blaine, Butte, Custer and Camas counties could see anywhere from $4 million to $12 million annually from such a designation, and there could be somewhere between 47 and 155 jobs created.
Idaho Statesman; Nov. 19
Suncor settles with Colorado, federal gov't over oil spill
The filing of a consent decree by the federal government opens a 30-day comment period on a $1.9-million settlement between Suncor and the federal government and Colorado for environmental damage caused by a ruptured underground pipeline that released oil that eventually reached Sand Creek and the South Platte River.
Denver Post; Nov. 19
State approves Holly refinery expansion to process Utah crude
Holly Refining and Marketing Co. received approval from Utah to double its capacity at its refinery in West Bountiful to process the waxy crude from the Uinta Basin, but Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment and other groups concerned about the effect the expansion will have on the air quality vowed to fight the plan.
Salt Lake Tribune; Nov. 19
Grand Teton NP raises special permit fees
A review of the fees charged for backcountry camping and other special uses in Grand Teton National Park revealed that the fees didn't cover the costs of the programs and were less than fees charged at other national parks, so early next year the cost of a overnight backcountry camping fee permit for the Wyoming park will be $25 for those who apply in person, and $35 for a permit obtained online, the cost for a wedding or other event will be $100, and a commercial filming permit for six months or less will be $275.
Jackson Hole Daily; Nov. 19
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