Montana study ties trout hybridization to climate change
Clint Muhlfeld, an aquatic ecologist at the U.S. Geological Survey's Glacier Park field office in Montana, was the project leader on a study, which reviewed 30 years of data gathered by scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey, University of Montana, and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and found a link between climate change and the rapid hybridization of native westslope cutthroat trout and rainbow trout in Montana's Flathead River system.
Flathead Beacon; May 25
Increase in shipment of crude oil by trains worry Washington state residents
The Washington State Department of Ecology estimates that the shipment of oil by rail through the state to ports on the West Coast went from zero in 2011 to 17 million barrels in 2013, and with more oil ports proposed in that state, as well as Oregon, California and British Columbia, local officials and residents are worried about oil spills and the ability of local, state and federal agencies to respond to such spills.
Salt Lake Tribune (AP); May 27
U.S. imposes new conditions on proposed Keystone XL pipeline
After high rates of bad welds, dented pipe and damaged pipeline coatings were reported on the southern half of the Keystone pipeline in the United States, the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has quietly added new conditions on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
Calgary Herald (Canadian Press, Postmedia News);
Review of Wyoming data links energy development, poor air quality
The Casper Star-Tribune's analysis of air-quality monitoring data found that 80 percent of the 4,300 new oil and gas wells approved by the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in the past year were in five counties, including Campbell, Converse, Johnson and Laramie, which have the lowest level of pollution control.
Casper Star-Tribune; May 27
School in Wyoming's coal country tries out new federal science classes
Wyoming is the first state in the United States to challenge the federal Next Generation Science Standards for grades K-12, because of the program's focus on global climate change, but at a grade school in Gillette, in the heart of the state's coal country, teachers in third through sixth grades, used a grant to put the program in place, and the result was teachers and students loved it.
Casper Star-Tribune; May 27
Idaho delays plan to kill ravens to save sage grouse for a year
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services missed its deadline to complete an environmental review of Idaho's plan to kill up to 4,000 ravens to help increase the number of sage grouse in the state, and for that reason, the state cannot implement the plan until next year.
Twin Falls Times-News; May 27
Three missing after massive mudslide in Colorado
Three men from two local ranching families in Colorado are missing after a massive mudslide on the Grand Mesa tore a 3-mile long, half-mile wide path on Sunday evening through a rural area.
Denver Post; May 27
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