Friday, September 23, 2011

The Rockies Today, Sept. 23

Posted By on Fri, Sep 23, 2011 at 10:13 AM

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Groups seek U.S. trade sanctions against Canada over oilsands operations
The Pelly amendment is an obscure provision of U.S. trade law that allows the president to impose trade sanctions against any country that weakens international efforts to conserve endangered species, and this week a coalition of U.S. and Canadian environmental groups have petitioned the president to impose such a sanction against Canada, alleging that the country's oilsands operations in Alberta are threatening
woodland caribou, whooping cranes and scores of migratory birds.

Global BC (Canadian Press); Sept. 23

State Department to hold Montana hearing on Keystone XL pipeline next week
The State Department is holding public hearings in every state through which the proposed Keystone XL pipeline will pass, with Montana's set for Tuesday, Sept. 27, in Glendive.
Great Falls Tribune; Sept. 23

Idaho city, airport post options for expanding Friedman airport
The Friedman airport that serves Hailey and other cities in Idaho's Wood River Valley is currently operating under a special permit that allows Q-400 commercial passenger aircraft to land at the airport, even though it does not meet specifications for the craft, and now that the Federal Aviation Administration has suspended its review of a proposal to build a new airport, Hailey and Friedman officials are again considering ways to expand the airport to accommodate larger, commercial aircraft.
Idaho Mountain Express (Sun Valley); Sept. 23

Utah can't afford signs to warn anglers about mercury levels in fish
Members of the Mercury Work Group were told by Utah health department officials that the agency can no longer afford the $15 signs that are posted on waterways to warn anglers that fight caught in those waters contain high levels of mercury.
Salt Lake Tribune; Sept. 23

FAA investigates private plane incident at BLM horse roundup in Colorado
Federal Aviation Administration officials would only confirm that the agency is investigating a private plane that flew low over a Bureau of Land Management horse gather in Colorado's San Miguel County on Sept. 16, flying so close to the helicopter being used to round up the horses that the pilot landed the copter twice.
Durango Herald; Sept. 23

Montana city strikes deal with purchaser of water utility
Missoula and the Carlyle Group, the investment company that is in the process of buying the parent company of the Montana city's water utility, have struck a deal that will give Missoula an opportunity to buy the utility in the future.
Missoulian; Sept. 23

Colorado city sees uptick in greenhouse gas emissions
A new report released Thursday indicated that greenhouse gas emissions in Boulder in 2010 were 2.5 percent higher than in 2009, and some of the increase is due to a rebounding economy.
Boulder Daily Camera; Sept. 23

Montana valley taps into hydro, solar, biomass power
In Montana's Flint Valley, Philipsburg has a couple of city-owned hydroelectric plants, the Philipsburg Public School has a biomass boiler and a local wool mill warms the massive amounts of water it needs each day with solar power, which is also used by dozens of ranchers in the valley to power water pumps.
Missoula Independent; Sept. 23

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