Friday, August 1, 2014

Rockies Today, August 1

Posted By on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 10:48 AM

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Montana board passes new standards to reduce algae
The algae in Montana waterways is native, but when the plumes grow too large, they degrade the health of those waterways, and the state Board of Environmental Review recently passed new limits on nitrogen and phosphorus, nutrients that feed the algae designed to curb algae's growth.
Helena Independent Record; Aug. 1

Montana county asks DEQ for groundwater control plan
To deal with arsenic plumes in groundwater in East Helena linked with a century of smelting there, Lewis and Clark County has asked the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to help develop a groundwater control plan for the county.
Helena Independent Record; Aug. 1

American Prairie Reserve buys another 22,000 acres in Montana
With the recent acquisition of a 22,000-acre ranch in Phillips County, American Prairie Reserve, a Bozeman-based conservation group whose mission is to piece together three million acres of public and private lands, now owns more than 300,000 acres of land in north-central Montana.
Missoulian (AP); Aug. 1

Six wild horses found dead at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado
While causes of death haven't been determined on what killed two wild horses in May in Mesa Verde National Park, the four found dead in early July in the Colorado national park likely died of dehydration, sparking a protest against the park's policy which treats the horses as livestock and does not require the park take steps to protect the animals.
Denver Post; Aug. 1

Study warns hydraulic fracturing could affect ecosystems in B.C.
The drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing has been in use for decades, with some estimates that the method has been used a million times, but in British Columbia, the method has not been used extensively, which could change given B.C. Premier Christy Clark's pledge to tap the province's natural gas resources, and a review by researchers at Simon Fraser University warned that there is much still unknown about the method's effects on the environment. Editor's note: A photograph accompanying this article shows an aerial view of drilling operations Wyoming's Jonah Field.
Vancouver Sun; Aug. 1

Alberta companies buying into efficiency, flexibility of unit oil trains
While concerns mount about the increase of Alberta oil being moved by rail, companies in the province appear to be embracing the use of unit trains, which are trains that carry just one product, and in this case, oil, because the trains allow them to deliver oil where pipelines don't go.
Calgary Herald (Financial Post); Aug. 1

Colorado satellite-manufacturer fast-tracks next generation due to demand
Longmong-based DigitalGlobe will launch its WorldView-3 satellite in August as planned, but the Colorado company said the U.S. Commerce Department's approval in June of commercial satellite earth imagery of up to 25-centimeter resolution compelled the company to plan the launch of its WorldView-4 satellite a year earlier than originally planned.
Denver Post; Aug. 1

Cheyenne data center expands and Wyoming is its first customer
The state of Wyoming is the first customer for Cheyenne-based Green House Data's new 35,000-square-foot building that opened on Wednesday, more than quadrupling the company's space.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); Aug. 1

Planned wilderness celebration in Colorado not all fun and games
The Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness in the White River National Forest in Colorado was among the original wilderness areas included in the 1964 Wilderness Act, and at a celebration on Saturday, Forest Service officials and representatives of conservation groups will meet and discuss the challenges facing the area today, including overuse.
Aspen Times; Aug. 1

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