Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Rockies Today, March 25

Posted By on Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 11:30 AM

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NPS scraps vaccination proposal for Yellowstone bison
Following a 30-day comment period, the National Park Service vetoed a proposal to vaccinate bison in Yellowstone National Park against brucellosis.
Billings Gazette; March 25

Wyoming county to consider permit for flammable storage facility
On Wednesday, the Natrona County Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday on the application of Texas-based Thomas Petroleum LLC to build a storage facility capable of holding up to 500,000 gallons of diesel fuels and other combustible and flammable fluids used by the company for its oilfield service company in the Wyoming county.
Casper Star-Tribune; March 25

Idaho U.S. Rep. Simpson's CIEDRA bill makes 'languishing lands' list
The report issued last week that examined 10 stalled pieces of federal legislation to protect lands in the United States contained Idaho U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson's Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act, which has been introduced six times to no avail.
Twin Falls Times-News; March 25

S.D. utility shuts down coal-fired unit in Wyoming
Rapid City-based Black Hills Corp. completed its planned shutdown of the 22-megawatt Neil Simpson 1, one of five coal units at the Wyodak Neil Simpson complex near Gillette last week, and the South Dakota utility's new 132-megawatt natural gas plant that will go online later this year in Wyoming, will fill the gap created by the Simpson 1 shutdown.
Casper Star-Tribune; March 25

California companies drive Utah power plant away from coal
The 23 Utah towns and cities that own the Intermountain Power Project in the state aren't pushing the coal-fired plant away from coal, but the six California cities that have purchased 99 percent of the electricity generated over the life of the plant are, and the IPP poised to approve a billion-dollar makeover for the plant that will add new natural-gas generation plants to the project.
Deseret News; March 25

Rallies in western states urge return of federal protection for wolves
Groups planned rallies in the capital cities of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Wisconsin and Minnesota to urge federal protection be reinstated for wolves after Idaho changed its wolf management plan to allow private landowners across much of its panhandle to kill wolves on sight and Montana's Fish and Game Commission voted to allow property owners to kill wolves that were threatening livestock or property without first obtaining a permit.
Missoulian; March 25

Murray Energy's lawsuit alleges harm from EPA's 'war on coal'
Ohio-based Murray Energy, which operates 13 coal mines in six states, including Utah, and employs 7,200 in the coal industry, making it one of the largest in the U.S., filed a lawsuit in federal court in West Virginia against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, alleging that the federal agency's issuance of regulations under the Clean Air Act is a "war on coal," and will lead to disastrous job losses.
Deseret News; March 25

Alberta seeks official recognition for Great Divide Trail
The nearly 746-mile Great Divide Trail runs from Waterton Lakes National Park on the Canada-United States border, follows the continental divide north and ends at Kakwa Lake Provincial Park in British Columbia, and Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resources Development is seeking a consultant to help get the entire length of the trail officially designated.
Calgary Herald; March 25

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