Koch Industries a major leaseholder in Canada's oilsands country
Figuring out just who owns the largest share of leases in Canada's oilsands country is complicated, but the Washington Post delved into the matter and found that Alberta-based Cenovus Energy and Athabasca Oil Corp. own 1.57 million acres and 1.56 million acres, respectively, while U.S.-based Koch Industries owns somewhere between 1.12 million to 1.47 million acres.
Washington Post; April 8
B.C. company to take new approach on proposed copper mine in Montana
Tintina Resources Inc. has withdrawn its proposal to build a decline near White Sulphur Springs in Montana to explore for copper, and will instead continue to sample the Johnny Lee Copper Deposit, citing a recent lawsuit filed challenging the decline as a reason for withdrawing the proposal.
Helena Independent Record; April 8
Tests of crude oil may be underestimating its volatility
As the United States and Canada move to make the shipment of crude oil by rail more safe, industry and transportation experts questioned how effective the testing of crude oil to determine its volatility is, given that the tests currently being used are for refined, not crude, oil.
Toronto Globe and Mail; April 8
Montana governor submits his list of priority forest restoration project
The Farm Bill asked governors to prioritize forest restoration projects on lands affected by bark beetles and other invasive species and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock's list identifies 5.1 million acres of national forest lands in the Big Sky State for such work. Editor's Note: Contains a map showing the lands identified.
Missoulian; April 8
Wyoming begins plugging abandoned coalbed methane wells
In December, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead announced a $3-million program to plug the 1,200 abandoned coalbed methane wells in the Powder River Basin, with plans to plug 300 wells in each of the next four years, with plans finalized for 67 wells so far this year with work to commence once the weather permits.
Casper Star-Tribune; April 8
Federal judge sides with BLM on review of CBM leases in Wyoming
The decision rendered late last month found the U.S. Department of Interior appropriately analyzed the cumulative effect of coalbed methane leasing in northeastern Wyoming, and dismissed the challenge of that leasing filed by the National Wildlife Federation, the Powder River Basin Resource Council and the Wyoming Outdoor Council, although the effect of the decision is not clear as there is little coalbed methane development occurring now in that basin.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); April 8
Groups put Idaho on notice of lawsuit over trapping of Canada lynx
The Center for Biological Diversity, Western Watersheds Project and Friends of the Clearwater filed a notice of intent to sue, putting Idaho on notice of a lawsuit that charges the state's trapping regulations is allowing too many federally protected Canada lynx to be caught in traps set for bobcats.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; April 8
FDA rule could end deal between Colorado breweries, ranchers
For years, Colorado's breweries have disposed of the grain byproduct of their brewing operations by shipping it to Colorado ranchers who feed the high-protein blend to their livestock, but under a proposed Food and Drug Administration regulation, that byproduct would be classified as animal feed, and would require breweries to be regulated as makers of animal feed.
Durango Herald; April 8
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