Friday, August 15, 2014

Rockies Today, August 15

Posted By on Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 10:04 AM

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Quantum Energy to pitch new refinery proposal to Montana county
Texas-based Quantum Energy will make a presentation to Yellowstone County commissioners next week about building a $500 million refinery in Billings, citing the three refineries already in operation in the Montana city, as well as its rail access to Bakken crude.
Helena Independent Record (Billings Gazette); Aug. 15

Report says coal imports into U.S. up 44% in first half of 2014
A report from Global Trade Information Services said that the U.S. imported 44 percent more coal in the first half of 2014 than it did a year ago, and part of the reason for the sharp increase in imports is a global glut of coal that has caused the price of coal from Colombia to drop dramatically.
Wall Street Journal (AP); Aug. 15

B.C. mine blockade to continue pending review of tailings pond, dam
Klabona Keepers, a Tahltan elders organization, set up a blockade on Aug. 8 on two roads to Imperial Metals' Red Chris Mine in British Columbia, after a tailings pond at the company's Mount Polley Mine failed on Aug. 4, and on Wednesday, B.C. Mines Minister Bill Bennett said the mine would not begin operations until the Tahltan Central Council had an opportunity to review an independent study of the mine's dam and tailings facility.
Vancouver Sun; Aug. 14

Bears keep park personnel in Alberta, B.C. busy
Banff National Park resource conservation officers said that the number of bear-related calls in the Alberta park has been much higher than normal, and their counterparts in Lake Louise, Yoho and Kootenay reported a similar busy season, due in large part to more bears wandering at lower elevations.
Calgary Herald; Aug. 15

Montana DOT puts route of megaload online
The massive truckload of refinery equipment headed from Idaho to Great Falls will probably begin moving through Montana early Monday morning, and its movement will be limited to the hours between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Missoulian; Aug. 15

Royal Dutch Shell sells its shale gas assets in Wyoming, other states
On Thursday, Royal Dutch Shell announced it was selling its shale gas assets in Wyoming's Pinedale area to Ultra Petroleum for $925 million and 155,500 acres in the Utica and Marcellus shale formations in Ohio and Pennsylvania, as part of the international energy company's move to divest itself of less-prolific assets.
Casper Star-Tribune; Aug. 15

Idaho national forest gets $1.8 million to deconstruct logging roads
U.S. Forest Service personnel will use $1.8-million in funding to decommission logging roads in the Idaho Panhandle National Forests to improve water quality in the Little North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River watershed.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; Aug. 15

Citizens United sues Colorado over order on 'Rocky Mountain Heist'
After the Colorado Secretary of State ordered Citizens United to disclose the donors who helped fund the group's documentary, "Rocky Mountain Heist," about those who helped move the Centennial State's political swing over the past decade, the group filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday, seeking to protect the information and said it's willing to take the matter to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Denver Post; Aug. 15

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