Friday, September 2, 2011

The Rockies Today, Sept. 2

Posted By on Fri, Sep 2, 2011 at 10:30 AM

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Montana law requiring hydraulic-fracturing information now in effect
Companies using the drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, which forces a compound of water, sand and chemicals underground under high pressure to break open rock formations holding oil and gas captive, must now file written, well-by-well descriptions of the chemicals used in the process with the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.
Billings Gazette (AP); Sept. 2

ExxonMobil, EPA give Montana landowners update on oil spill work
About 100 residents attended a meeting Thursday night to get an update on how the cleanup of the July 1 oil spill in Montana's Yellowstone River is going, and some expressed concerns about what would happen when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency pulls out of the process, which could happen as early as Sept. 9, and ExxonMobil Pipeline Company Vice President Jimmy James said he would be available to answer any questions and provided the crowd with his personal cellphone number.
Billings Gazette; Sept. 2

Notices of appeals filed in Cobell $3.4B Indian trust settlement
Distribution of the $3.4-billion settlement of the Cobell class action lawsuit over the federal government's handling of Indian trust assets may be delayed by the planned appeals of individuals and groups.
Missoulian (AP); Sept. 2

BLM's list of 'crown jewels' has no Wyoming parcels
Bureau of Land Management officials charged with providing Congress with a list of its holdings worthy of wilderness protection said the list has no lands within Wyoming on it because neither Gov. Matt Mead nor any of the state's 23 counties recommended any parcels for such consideration.
Casper Star-Tribune; Sept. 2

Idaho wildfire burns 5,000 acres in less than four hours
A wildfire reported near Wendell at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday had burned more than 5,000 acres by 5 p.m., and Bureau of Land Management officials have deemed the Idaho fire was human-caused.
Twin Falls Times-News; Sept. 2

'Green strip' project works as planned in slowing Utah wildfire
A pilot project launched several years ago by Utah, Box Elder County and private landowners near Promontory that created swaths of trenched ground planted with native seeds and vegetation designed to hold moisture, worked as planned to slow the progress of a lightning-caused 5,000-acre rangeland fire toward structures.
Deseret News; Sept. 2

BLM task force report urges safety in aerial roundups of wild horses
The same day a federal judge rebuked the Bureau of Land Management for a close encounter between a helicopter and a wild horse during a roundup in Nevada, the American Association of Equine Practitioners BLM Task Force issued its 35-page report that found several areas where the agency could improve its handling of wild horses, including training of helicopter pilots that participate in aerial hazing of the animals.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Sept. 2

Wyoming-made coal truck one for the record books
Guinness World Records recognized Wyoming-based Westech for building the world's largest coal-hauling truck, which can carry 447 tons of coal, enough to fill 4 1/2 railroad cars. Article has a photo of the truck.
Casper Star-Tribune; Sept. 2

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