Monday, September 19, 2011

The Rockies Today, Sept. 19

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BLM director in Montana this week
U.S. Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey is in Montana for a three-day visit, with his first stop in Great Falls for a meeting with members of the Friends of the Missouri Breaks Monument.
Great Falls Tribune; Sept. 19

BLM director gets a close up look at Colorado wilderness area
Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey is on a three-week listening tour of the West, and last week he hiked and floated through the Gunnison Gorge Wilderness Area in Colorado.
Denver Post; Sept. 19

Two areas in Montana make BLM's potential wilderness list
Last July, Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey asked state BLM directors to supply their recommendations about "crown jewel" areas in their states that would have strong local support for wilderness designation by Congress, and Montana's Sleeping Giant and Sheep Creek wilderness study areas in Lewis and Clark County have made the list of potential recommendations.
Great Falls Tribune; Sept. 19

Wyoming senator works to revive 'legislative veto'
Republican federal lawmakers are taking aim at what they call "job-killing regulations," and Wyoming U.S. Sen. John Barrasso and Texas U.S. Rep. John Carter are working in their respective chambers to educate members about the Congressional Review Act, which allows lawmakers to force a vote to return regulations back to the president.
USA Today; Sept. 19

U.S. House bill waives 36 environmental laws to further border security
The "National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act," which is making its way through the U.S. House, would allow Homeland Security to circumvent 36 environmental protection laws on public lands within 100 miles of national borders to facilitate border security on those lands.
Great Falls Tribune; Sept. 19

Advertising campaign targets plight of sage grouse in Alberta
The Alberta Wilderness Association's new advertising campaign warns motorists in Calgary and Edmonton that there are only 13 adult male sage grouse left in southeastern Alberta, and the group lays the blame on sour gas development in that corner of the province, a situation a four-year program launched this year is trying to reverse by moving female sage grouse from Montana into the area.
Edmonton Journal; Sept. 19

Low pay, long hours cited by departing Montana game wardens
Over the past five years, 24 game wardens in Montana, about a third of the force, have left their jobs, and most said the long hours, relatively low pay and the inability to get away from the job for just a couple of days all played a role in their decision to leave.
Helena Independent Record; Sept. 18

As seismic data rolls in, interest in drilling in Wyoming, Colorado increases
Although interest in drilling in the Niobrara Shale in Colorado has been brisk, on the Wyoming side of the oil-bearing formation has not been so, but Tom Doll, supervisor of the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, said data compiled through the use of seismic drilling could change that.
Casper Star-Tribune; Sept. 19

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