Monday, July 7, 2014

Rockies Today, July 7

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Montana PSC hearing on NorthWestern's dam buy begins today
The Montana Public Service Commission's weeklong hearing on NorthWestern Energy's proposal to buy 11 hydroelectric dams from PPL Montana begins today in Helena.
Montana Standard (Lee State Bureau); July 7

Protection of sage grouse an issue in Colorado, Montana U.S. Senate races
Should the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decide to protect the greater sage grouse next year, considerable changes could be made in management of 165 million acres of the bird’s habitat in 11 Western states, and in U.S. Senate races in Colorado and Montana, U.S. Reps. Cory Gardner and Steve Daines, respectively, are making delaying or blocking the federal agency's decision on the bird a campaign issue.
Ravalli Republic (AP); July 7

Idaho wildfire forces evacuations near Hailey
The Blaine County Sheriff's Office issued an evacuation order for homes along Croesus Creek Road near Hailey due to the 200-acre Colorado Gulch Wildfire burning in that Idaho county.
Twin Falls Times-News; July 7

Study finds oilsands pollutants in First Nations' diet sources
A study funded by the Mikisew Cree First Nation, the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, National First Nations Environmental Contaminants Program and Health Canada found that the Northern Alberta's First Nations' natural food sources were contaminated by pollutants from oilsands operations, and that those First Nations had already changed their diets to exclude moose, muskrat and duck.
Toronto Globe and Mail; July 7

Wyoming begins work on statewide freight management plan
The Wyoming Department of Transportation has begun working on its first statewide freight management plan designed to examine how freight moves across the Cowboy State, what impediments exist at ports of entry, and how such shipments affect infrastructure.
Casper Star-Tribune; June 28

Shipping oil by rail viewed differently in Wyoming
There are a couple of reasons that the marked increase of shipping oil by rail in Wyoming hasn't prompted the hue and cry seen elsewhere: Production of oil and its shipment by rail has been an ongoing situation in the state for years, and little, if any, of the volatile Bakken oil makes its way across the Cowboy State.
Casper Star-Tribune; June 28

Derailed fuselages to be pulled from Montana river today
The three Boeing 737 airplane fuselages that tumbled into the Clark Fork River last Thursday when a Montana Rail Link train derailed remained in the river over the weekend, with crews expected to complete the cleanup of the 19-car derailment by Tuesday.
Missoulian; July 7

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