Friday, August 8, 2014

Rockies Today, August 8

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Montana DEQ approves aquifer testing for proposed copper mine
Tintina Alaska Exploration Inc., the company that is proposing a copper mine in Montana near the headwaters of the Smith River, will begin testing aquifers immediately now that the state Department of Environmental Quality has approved such tests.
Helena Independent Record; Aug. 8

Montana board gives preliminary OK to kill elk in brucellosis zone
On Thursday, the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission gave initial approval to a plan crafted to curb the spread of brucellosis from elk to cattle in counties outside Yellowstone National Park, with a final vote planned in October on the proposal to issue permits to permitted landowners and hunters in special dispersal hunts to take up to 250 elk during the 2014-15 hunting season.
Flathead Beacon (AP); Aug. 8

Likely-area residents in B.C. get good, bad news after tailings pond breach
Just a few days after billions of gallons of mine effluent flowed out of a holding pond at the Mount Polley copper and gold mine into rivers and lakes in British Columbia, Likely-area residents learned that the first tests of water in Quesnel Lake and the Quesnel River met drinking water standards, but they also learned that the sediment had formed a dam across a creek that empties into the Polley Lake raising the level of the lake and that could send more contaminated water and sediment into that lake.
Vancouver Sun; Aug. 8

Aerial video provides glimpse of extent of B.C. tailings pond failure
Indian Country Today provides a couple of videos of the area in British Columbia affected by the failure of a tailings pond at an open-pit gold and copper mine that sent an estimated 4 billion gallons of contaminated water and fine sediment into three rivers.
Indian Country Today; Aug. 8

Wyoming clears the way for largest onshore wind farm
On Thursday, the Wyoming Industrial Siting Council voted unanimously to approve Power Company of Wyoming's proposed Chokecherry and Sierra Madre wind farm, a 1,000-turbine project in Carbon County that will be the nation's largest onshore wind farm if it is built as proposed.
Casper Star-Tribune; Aug. 8

Colorado Oil, Gas Commission drops lawsuit against Longmont
As part of the compromise worked out between Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and U.S. Rep. Jared Polis to resolve conflicts between the state and local governments over drilling regulations, the state Oil and Gas Commission has dismissed its lawsuit against Longmont over its five-year moratorium on drilling, although the commission declined to drop the lawsuit "with prejudice," which meant the lawsuit could not be refiled, as the city's commission had requested.
Denver Post; Aug. 8

Utah city begins ticketing drivers that use online ride-sharing programs
Salt Lake City has begun issuing tickets to drivers who provide rides to users of Lyft and Uber, mobile phone apps that connect people who need a ride somewhere with a nearby driver, and Lyft is helping a couple of the driers fight those tickets as the Utah city joins the nationwide debate about the ride-sharing services.
Salt Lake Tribune; Aug. 8

Report tracks consumer spending in U.S. between 1997, 2012
A new report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis tracks consumer spending in the U.S. on a state-by-state basis from 1997 through 2012, that indicates in oil-rich North Dakota consumer spending nearly tripled between 2009 and 2012, while in Nevada, where the housing bust hit hardest, consumer spending hardly increased during those years.
Salt Lake Tribune (AP); Aug. 8

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