Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Rockies Today, July 30

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Satellite images reflect massive loss of groundwater in Southwest U.S.
A study released last week found that, over the past decade, the Colorado River Basin has lost 53 million acre feet, or 17 trillion gallons, of water, 75 percent of which is groundwater, and there are concerns that that water is gone for good.
ABCnews.com (AP); July 24

U.S. House passes 21st Century Endangered Species Transparency Act
The 21st Century Endangered Species Transparency Act, introduced by Washington state U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings to require federal agencies to disclose all data upon which they depended to list a species for protection under the Endangered Species Act, passed the U.S. House on a 233-190 vote on Tuesday, but the bill is not expected to pass in the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate, and President Obama has said he would veto the measure should it pass the Senate.
Los Angeles Times; July 30

At Denver hearing, EPA hears from both sides in emissions rule debate
Hundreds of people lined up to share their views on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to limit greenhouse gas emissions at a hearing in Denver on Tuesday, one of four held around the nation this week, with a Moffat County commissioner saying the new rules will turn the Colorado county into another Detroit, while a former coal miner from the Kentucky suffering from black lung disease urging the federal agency to help people in coal communities who are "...dying, literally dying, for you to help us."
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); July 30

Companies with coal mines in Wyoming report 2nd-quarter losses
On Tuesday, Arch Coal and Cloud Peak Energy, both of whom produce coal in Wyoming, announced second quarter losses, and officials of both companies cited a lack of rail capacity for a factor in those losses.
Casper Star-Tribune; July 30

Former California congressman urges Utah PSC to not 'kill solar power'
Barry Goldwater, Jr., the former California congressman who now chairs the free-market group call TUSK, or Tell Utilities Solar Won’t be Killed, and a couple hundred of like-minded solar-power advocates rallied Tuesday morning before heading into the second day of hearings the Utah Service Commission is holding in Salt Lake City on Rocky Mountain Power's proposal to charge small solar-power producers in Utah who feed excess power back into the grid a monthly $4.65 net-metering fee.
Salt Lake Tribune; July 30

Idaho begins work to overhaul grazing program on state lands
After a 2012 survey of neighboring states found that Idaho's year-over-year increases for grazing fees on state lands were the lowest among neighboring states Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, the state Department of Lands is examining its grazing fees on the 1.4 million acres of rangeland, and will host an open house in Jerome on Aug. 12 to gather public input on its grazing program.
Twin Falls Times-News; July 30

Northwest B.C. communities band together to prepare for boom
While communities in Northwest British Columbia will get a share of the billions of dollars of revenue expected to be generated by the province's export of liquefied natural gas, there are also other projects looming, such as gold, copper and molybdenum mines and the recently approved $7.9-billion Northern Gateway oil pipeline, all of which are expected to have an effect on Terrace, Kitimat, Stewart, New Hazelton and the Village of Hazelton, which have formed an alliance to negotiate a share of revenue from those projects to help deal with a growing demand on infrastructure.
Vancouver Sun; July 30

Idaho puts plan to use hired hunter to kill wolves in wilderness on hold
Just days before Idaho Fish and Game personnel were due in federal court to defend the decision to send a hired hunter this winter into the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness to remove wolves, the state agency decided to put its decision to do so on hold until Nov. 1, 2015.
Missoulian; July 30

Utah Wildlife Board again OKs crow hunts
After holding a review of its decision in June to hold the first-ever depredation and sport crow hunts in Utah, the Utah Wildlife Board on Tuesday voted 3-2 to approve both a year-round depredation hunt of crows and a seasonal crow hunt, eliciting a chorus of boos from the boisterous crowd in attendance, some of whom demanded to see the science on which the board relied in making its decisions.
Salt Lake Tribune; July 30

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