Chinese companies' see little return on Canadian energy investments
Since 2005, Chinese companies have poured more than $30-billion into Canadian energy projects, but few have seen any return on that investment.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Aug. 18
B.C. First Nation remains resolute in blocking Northern Gateway pipeline
Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway pipeline will pass through the heart of Nak'azdli territory in British Columbia and that First Nation remains steadfast in its opposition to the pipeline.
Vancouver Sun; Aug. 15
Drones impeding wildfire fights in the West
The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise said Friday that unmanned aircraft had been spotted on wildfires in Washington state, Oregon and Northern California this year, in air space dedicated to aerial firefighting, impeding the use of air tankers and helicopters.
Missoulian (AP); Aug. 18
B.C. residents remain under evacuation orders from 2 wildfires
There are currently 122 wildfires burning across British Columbia, and evacuation alerts on the China Nose and Forres Mountain fires in the north-central region of the province remained in place on Sunday.
Vancouver Sun; Aug. 18
A third of Idaho leaseholders on Priest Lake may walk away
Idaho's decision to sell 354 leases around Priest Lake at auction is causing considerable upheaval as long-time leaseholders said they can no longer afford the cost of the leases, which has increased substantially in recent years, with up to 120 of those leaseholders saying they'll not bid for the sites.
Twin Falls Times-News; Aug. 17
Colorado one of 8 states to see lower unemployment in July
The unemployment rate in Colorado dropped to 5.3 percent in July, the lowest reported in the Centennial State since October 2008, when the jobless rate was 5.3 percent then.
Denver Post; Aug. 18
Gush of interest on Colorado oil, gas panel delays formation
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper had hoped to have a task force to work on oil and gas regulations assembled by the end of last week, but with 175 people indicating interest in the 18 slots open, the governor's office said it will take longer to get the panel assembled.
Durango Herald; Aug. 18
Tourism industry in Southern Alberta booms this summer
Banff National Park officials said visitor numbers this summer at the park in Alberta are rivaling that of the boom years in 2007 and 2008, and with Calgary Stampede attendance the second highest in its history, the hospitality and leisure sectors are doing well in that Alberta city as well.
Calgary Herald; Aug. 18
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