Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Rockies Today, Oct. 11

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Alberta seeks solution to traffic-jammed highway in oilsands country
Highway 63 is the only route the 57,000 people who work in oilsands operations at Fort McMurray have to drive to work, and about half of those workers do drive, creating traffic jams comparable to those in Los Angeles, and Alberta is focusing on options, such as a dedicated bus lane, that move more people rather than vehicles.
Edmonton Journal; Oct. 11

Montana judge says DNRC must again review wind-farm proposal
A state district court judge ordered the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation to take another look at Coyote Wind LLC's plan to build a 79-megawatt wind farm in south-central Montana near Springdale that would have put eight wind-turbines on land leased by the state and another 36 on private property adjoining those acres.
Billings Gazette (AP); Oct. 11

Wyoming Land Board declines plan to capture flared gas, state royalties
The Wyoming Office of State Lands and Investments estimates that 411,789 thousand cubic feet (mcf) of natural gas from state leases was burned off between October 2009 and this month, essentially costing the state $200,000 in funds that would have gone to education, but last week the top five elected officials in the state that make up the lands board voted down a staff recommendation that would have charged royalties on flared gas released 30 days after a well was completed.
WyoFile.com; Oct. 7

BC Hydro warns new LNG plants, mines will need much more power
In its planning document released late last month, BC Hydro said that the nine mines and three liquified natural gas projects British Columbia Premier Christy Clark promised to press through will mean an enormous increase in electricity demand.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Oct. 11

University of Montana biomass boiler gets environmental OK
The University of Montana released its final environmental assessment of its plan to install a $16 million biomass gasification boiler on its Missoula campus that found no significant effect on the "human environment," and the university's President Royce Engstrom signed off on the final report; the project now needs an air quality permit from the Missoula City-County Health Department, which will review the permit on Nov. 2.
Missoulian; Oct. 11

Utah joins lawsuit to delay regulation of power-plant emissions
Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff cited concerns about the effect new proposed regulations on power plant emissions would have on the nation's power grid as a reason for the Beehive State's decision to join more than two dozen states in opposing the regulations.
Deseret News; Oct. 11
Fortune 200 company to relocate its headquarters to Colorado
Arrow Electronics announced Monday that it was moving its corporate headquarters from Melville, N.Y., where it employs 1,000 workers, to Englewood, Colo.
Denver Post; Oct. 11

Intrawest settles into new corporate headquarters in Colorado
Intrawest, the formerly Canada-based company that operates four luxury hotels and six ski areas, including Winter Park and Steamboat in Colorado, moved its corporate headquarters to downtown Denver and brought 115 jobs with it.
Denver Post; Oct. 11

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