Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Rockies Today, July 29

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 12:06 PM

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BLM begins only wild-horse roundup in Utah this year
The weather was perfect on Monday as the Bureau of Land Management began to remove 140 wild horses from Utah state lands in the Blawn Wash area of the Wah Wah Mountains.
Salt Lake Tribune; July 29

Proterra puts fast-charging bus through its paces in Utah
On Monday, Utah Transit Authority and Park City Transit officials got a look at Proterra's second-generation electric bus that offers fast-charging technology that allows day-long operation without charging, and comes at a cost of $825,000—more than double the cost of a $400,000 diesel bus and nearly so for a $425,000 compressed natural gas, but the new electric bus gets nearly quadruple the mileage—and saves about 180,000 pounds of greenhouse-gas emissions.
Salt Lake Tribune; July 29

Utility's experts tell Utah PSC solar-power producers a 'burden'
On the first day of the Utah Public Service Commission's hearing on Rocky Mountain Power's request to charge solar-power producers who feed excess electricity back into the grid, experts testifying on behalf of the utility said that such small producers of power don't help the utility much in either the production of power or reduce demand on its transmission grid.
Salt Lake Tribune; July 29

Analysis: Oil, gas spills in Colorado happening two times a day
The Denver Post's analysis of reporting records maintained by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission found that oil and gas companies reported 177 spills of liquids from their operations in the state, some of which reached groundwater and one into a river, which is more than reported in all of 2013.
Denver Post; July 29

Northern Colorado officials say May oil train derailment a 'wake-up call'
The May 9 train derailment near LaSalle that spilled nearly 8,000 gallons of crude oil that came close to reaching the South Platte River served as a wake-up call to community officials in Northern Colorado.
Greeley Tribune; July 26

Alberta Energy offers royalty relief for enhanced oil recovery efforts
Changes made to Alberta Energy's royalty program are designed to make enhanced oil recovery work in the province's aging oil fields more economically feasible, and the relief program is retroactive to the first of this year.
Calgary Herald; July 29

EPA hearing in Colorado on greenhouse gas plan begins today
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's two-day hearing in Denver on new proposed rules to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030 will focus on how those regulations will affect Colorado, which is further along in the process to cut carbon-dioxide emissions than other states.
Boulder Daily Camera (Denver Post); July 26

Alberta Utilities Commission: No public hearing needed on Wabamun plants
Area landowners and environmental groups are questioning the decision in June from the Alberta Utilities Commission that Capital Power's proposal to add two natural-gas power plants near Wabamun did not require public hearings.
Edmonton Journal; July 29

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