Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Rockies Today, July 23

Posted By on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 12:46 PM

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Peabody Energy reports coal production up at Wyoming, western mines
St. Louis-based Peabody Energy posted a $72-million loss for the second quarter of this year, and while shipments of coal from its mines in the Western United States, including Wyoming were up, delivery was hampered by rail congestion, and company officials said a weak market in Australia was primarily responsible for the quarter's loss.
Casper Star-Tribune; July 23

Utah jury finds cities, state, liable for Jordan River kayakers' deaths
A Utah jury awarded $2.4 million to the family of two kayakers who drowned in n 2010 after they were pulled into the current created by a constructed drop-off in the Jordan River, apportioning 50 percent of the fault on Murray City, which owned the bridge and the spillway; 15 percent to the state Department of Transportation, which designed the spillway; 10 percent to Utah, which owns the river; 10 percent to Salt Lake County, which allegedly had promised to put structures in place to keep boaters out of the spillway, but never did; and 5 percent to West Jordan City for not removing vegetation from signs warning of the hazard.
Salt Lake Tribune; July 23

Four-day BioBlitz on bats planned in B.C. river valley
Concerns that the Flathead River Valley in southeastern British Columbia may be an entry point for the fatal whitenose syndrome that has killed millions of bats in Eastern Canada and the United States is the driving force for the four-day BioBlitz that begins Thursday in that river valley to build on data collected last year on bat species in the valley.
Calgary Herald; July 23

Health care professionals urge creation of Canyonlands monument in Utah
Adding their voices to those of environmental groups, outdoor retailers and others who want to protect 1.8 million acres of land around Canyonlands National Park as a national monument, health care professionals and nonprofits sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to designate the area as a national monument, and cited the physical, mental and emotional health benefits of doing so.
Salt Lake Tribune; July 23

Deal sends made-in-Alberta biogas technology to U.S.
Technology developed by Alberta-based Himark Biogas that uses anaerobic digesters to turn manure and food waste into a gas that can be used to generate electricity will be put to use in three facilities owned by NEO Energy in the Eastern U.S. to generate electricity and make fertilizer from food waste from supermarkets and restaurants.
Edmonton Journal; July 23

Protesters arrested at Utah tar sands mine site quickly make bail
Seven of the 21 protesters arrested Monday at the U.S. Oil Sands tar sands mine construction site in Uintah County were from Salt Lake City, with the remainder from around the U.S. who participated in the weeklong peaceful demonstration called Climate Justice Summer Camp in Utah.
Salt Lake Tribune; July 23

Truck crash spill soap compound into W. Montana river
A tractor-trailer carrying an industrial soap-making product containing aluminum sulphate and diethanolamine crashed Tuesday morning along the Blackfoot River in Western Montana, sending the compound into the river, and closing a 36-mile stretch of the Blackfoot and Clark Fork rivers for nearly seven hours, until it was determined that the fluids had dissipated in the rivers' waters and no longer presented a hazard.
Missoulian; July 23

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