Idaho, Montana resist railroads' request to keep oil train shipments secret
Saturday is the deadline for U.S. railroads to begin supplying information to states about oil trains carrying more than 1 million gallons of crude or more, including the routes they're taking, how much oil is onboard and emergency response data, but BNSF, Union Pacific and CSX have asked states to sign confidentiality agreements, but Montana, Illinois, North Dakota, Idaho, Wisconsin and Washington state have declined to do so.
Flathead Beacon (AP); June 6
BIA reviews Blackfeet Tribal Court in Montana, finds myriad problems
The Bureau of Indian Affairs laid out 18 conditions for continued funding for the Blackfeet Tribal Court system, and federal officials told leaders of the tribe in Montana that those conditions must be met before funding will be renewed on July 1.
Flathead Beacon (AP); June 6
CSX creates 'classroom on rails' to train responders on oil train safety
Approximately one percent of the freight CSX transports is crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken field, but concerns about the safety of those shipments have prompted the railroad to put together four tank cars and a flatbed car with various valves and fittings that the company is using for a series of three-day training sessions in cities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.
Salt Lake Tribune (AP); June 6
Alberta to auction leases in caribou habitat on Wednesday
This week, Environment Canada released a proposed recovery plan for endangered mountain caribou that calls for the protection of at least two-thirds of the species range, but next week, Alberta will auction energy leases on nearly 1,236 acres in northwestern Alberta within the range of the endangered species.
Calgary Herald (Canadian Press); June 6
Utah governor releases 26-point energy efficiency, conservation plan
At his 2014 Energy Development Summit on Wednesday, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert released a 26-point "energy-efficiency and conservation" plan directed at the state's major industries, that also calls for measures to more efficiently use the state's water resources.
Deseret News; June 5
Idaho DEQ believes Snake River's murky substance an algae bloom
There is just one more test result due back from the black sludge floating along a stretch of the Snake River in Idaho, and so far all tests indicate that the sludge is due to some sort of algae bloom although the algae has not yet been identified.
Twin Falls Times-News; June 6
Utah Wildlife Commission approves crow hunt this September
Over the objections of approximately 30 people at Thursday's meeting of the Utah Wildlife Commission, the state board voted 3-2 to approve hunting of crows in the state, with one season running the month of September and a second beginning the first of December and running to the end of February.
Salt Lake Tribune; June 6
Mountain bikers protest routing of trucks through Utah trails
The Bureau of Land Management is taking public comments on the path the proposed 12-mile Ashley Valley Energy Route will take to reroute heavy truck traffic that represents nearly a third of the daily traffic through downtown Vernal, and mountain bikers opposing the path because it cuts through two mountain bike trails in the McCoy Flats where volunteers have largely built a network of mountain bike trails over the past 15 years.
Deseret News; June 6
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