Company's ability to pay to clean up B.C. tailings pond breach questioned
The Mount Polley Mine in British Columbia accounted for 83 percent of Imperial Metals' 2014 earnings per share, raising concerns about the viability of the company and its ability to pay for the cleanup of its failed tailings pond that sent billions of gallons of contaminated water and sediment into B.C. rivers and lakes, the cost of which is now estimated to be $200 million.
Vancouver Sun; Aug. 11
Idaho group seeks root of disappearance of aspen trees
The Eastern Idaho Aspen Working Group, made up of federal and state agencies, was formed in 2006 to examine why aspen groves were disappearing, and while the lack of fire that has allowed conifers to edge in is one reason, there is still no explanation for the syndrome known as "sudden aspen decline," which has caused the collapse of entire groves in the state and elsewhere in the West without a confirmed cause.
Portland Oregonian (AP); Aug. 11
Wyoming coal company expands export space at B.C. port
Gillette-based Cloud Peak Energy paid Coal Valley Resources to terminate its shipping agreement with Westshore Terminals in Roberts Bank, B.C., to give the Wyoming company more room to export coal from that British Columbia port to Asia.
Casper Star-Tribune; Aug. 11
Idaho study examines effects of fertilizer on farmlands
After two years of an eighth-year study on the effects of fertilizer on farmland in Idaho, some preliminary findings are that potatoes are efficient in keeping up with nitrogen applications, while barley isn't quite as efficient in tapping the nutrient as wheat.
Twin Falls Times-News; Aug. 11
Oil production in Wyoming's Laramie County heats up
While oil production in the DJ Basin that lies in Wyoming hasn't quite met the levels that the Basin has produced across the border in Colorado, reports indicate that production so far this year is close to that produced in all of last year.
Casper Star-Tribune; Aug. 11
Montana-based business makes shipping containers into homes
Montainer, a Montana-based company formed by partners from Missoula and Seattle last year, buys shipping containers for a few thousand dollars, and is now turning the 192-foot-long homes into living units at a production facility in Bonner.
Missoulian; Aug. 10
Utah Transit shares wi-fi troubles with other light-rail systems
Too much demand and rail cars that provide a harsh environment continue to cause problems for wireless users on Utah Transit Authority's light-rail trains.
Salt Lake Tribune; Aug. 11
Alberta Agriculture has an app for identifying, reporting noxious weeds
Alberta Weed Spotter, a free app created by staff from Alberta Agriculture and Athabasca University, makes the identification and reporting of noxious weeds a snap.
Calgary Herald (Edmonton Journal); Aug. 11
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