Canada announces new rules on oil spills
In an effort to address the public's concerns about an increased risk of oil spills that would accompany the slate of pipeline projects under consideration, the Canadian government released new rules that imposes absolute liability on pipeline companies for any pipeline spill.
Vancouver Sun (Canadian Press); May 15
Control of federal lands focus of legislative hearing in Montana
The Environmental Quality Council SJ-15's working group evaluates federal land management in Montana and how best to manage those lands to benefit the state, and an Wednesday, members of that working panel heard from policymakers from four western states that are actively seeking transfer of federal lands to the state: Wyoming state Sen. Eli Bebout, Idaho state Sen. Chuck Winder, Utah state Rep. Keven Stratton and Elko County commissioner Demar Dahl of Nevada.
Helena Independent Record; May 15
Alberta First Nations seek glimpse into future of oilsands lands
Alberta's oilsands lie under nearly 34.5 million acres of boreal forests and reclamation of the lands disturbed when the shallow oilsands were scraped out will take decades, and companies are working together to find the best way to reclaim those lands, although such efforts have been limited so far given the ongoing nature of the work.
Calgary Herald; May 15
Utah debate focuses on management of federal lands
The Salt Lake Tribune, KCPW 88.3/105.3 FM and the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics sponsored Wednesday's debate on whether Utah is better suited to manage public lands within its border, with state Rep. Ken Ivory and Utah House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart speaking in favor of the state doing so, with Dan McCool, a University of Utah political scientist, and attorney Pat Shea, who also served as director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management during the Clinton Administration, speaking against the state taking such a role.
Salt Lake Tribune; May 14
Wyoming governor takes new track on climate change
At his speech to the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority on Wednesday, Gov. Matt Mead said that, whether humans play a role or not in climate change, policies and attitudes are changing and if the top coal-producing state in the union doesn't want to get left behind, state officials must have a voice in the dialogue about solutions.
Casper Star-Tribune; May 15
EPA to spend $38M cleaning up Idaho sites this summer
The aftermath of a century of mining has made Idaho's Coeur d'Alene Basin one of the nation's largest Superfund sites, and this summer the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will spend $38 million cleaning up between 100 and 125 residential and commercial properties, as well as paving 17 miles of roads.
Coeur d'Alene Press; May 14
Utah scientist publishes results of 13-year study of Yellowstone wolves
Utah State University ecologist Dan MacNulty collaborated with scientists from the University of Oxford and the Yellowstone Wolf Project on a study of data collected from radio-collared wolves over 13 years in Yellowstone National Park, which found that the leading cause of wolf deaths was other wolves, and that wolves were likely to kill adult members and pups from nearby packs even when food resources were adequate, which MacNulty said implies that wolves self-limit their populations.
Salt Lake Tribune; May 14
Denver Mountain Parks, Colorado landowners team up to mitigate fires
Reducing the risk of wildfire in and around the 14,000 acres managed by Denver Mountain Parks is a collaborative effort between that agency, Jefferson County and the Colorado residents whose properties lie adjacent to the parks properties.
Denver Post; May 15
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