Sen. Murray takes Washington state's oil-train safety concerns to D.C.
At a hearing before a U.S. Senate panel on Wednesday, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said his department continued to press shippers to provide more information about the oil they were putting in rail cars, but Washington state U.S. Sen. Patty Murray told Foxx and National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Deborah Hersman they needed to move more quickly on making shipping oil by rail safer and to require railroads to have disaster plans like those required for pipeline operators in place.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; April 10
Militia members from Montana arrive in Nevada to support rancher
As the Bureau of Land Management continues to round up cattle owned by Clark County rancher Cliven Bundy in Nevada, supporters of Bundy are arriving at the ranch, including two Western Montana men who said they're members of the West Mountain Rangers.
Las Vegas Review-Journal; April 9
BLM: Leaving leaked oil in place in Utah national monument best option
The Bureau of Land Management said a recent, pinhole leak in a 3-inch gathering line was responsible for the latest oil spill reported in the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah, and they said that leaving the oil in place may have the least amount of harm on the fragile desert habitat.
Salt Lake Tribune; April 10
Chief of First Nation in Alberta says it will pay for own cancer study
Two weeks after the release of a study that found the elevated levels of three types of cancer in Fort Chipewyan, with bile duct cancer and cervical cancer occurring enough to be considered clusters, Allan Adam, the chief of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, said the band will pay for an independent study of cancer rates should Alberta decline to do so.
Calgary Herald (Edmonton Journal); April 10
Unstable bluff forces evacuation of dozens in W. Wyoming town
As evidence mounted that East Gros Ventre Butte is more unstable than originally believed, Jackson ordered the evacuation of the homes on East Budge Drive on Wednesday evening, displacing an estimated 62 people in the Wyoming town.
Jackson Hole Daily; April 10
NPS OKs upgrade of Yellowstone National Park's power grid
The plan to update Yellowstone National Park's antiquated power system includes the installation of new lattice steel towers at each of the seven substations located within the park and prefabricated equipment buildings at five substations.
Jackson Hole Daily; April 10
USFS releases report on effect of megaloads moving through Idaho corridor
Idaho Rivers United and the Nez Perce Tribe filed a lawsuit last year in federal court in Idaho seeking a halt to the shipment of oversized shipments of equipment along the Highway 12 corridor in Idaho that includes a federally designated Wild and Scenic River corridor and tribal lands, and an injunction was issued in September that included an order that the U.S. Forest Service complete a review of the effect such shipments have on the corridor, and on Monday, the agency released its review.
Idaho Statesman (AP); April 10
New fuel tax funding flows to Wyoming roads
Revenue from the 10-cent increase in Wyoming's fuel tax will fund 19 of the 140 road improvement projects planned for this year in the Cowboy State.
Casper Star-Tribune; April 10
Miner's first Nevada claim provides golden opportunity for Utah students
Pierre Lassond, a Quebec man who got into the mining business three decades ago when he and a partner picked up the Gold Strike claim in Nevada, went on to get his Master's in Business Administration from the University of Utah, where Lassond's $12-million gift announced this week will help build Lassonde Studios, a dormitory on the University of Utah campus to house more than 400 students interested in starting their own business that will also provide workspace for the budding entrepreneurs.
Salt Lake Tribune; April 9
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