Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Rockies Today, Nov. 3

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Pipeline project encounters resistance in British Columbia
Just as TransCanada's plan to build the Keystone XL pipeline to carry Alberta crude south to refineries on the Gulf Coast in Texas has encountered opposition, Kinder Morgan's expansion of its existing pipeline to an inlet on British Columbia's coast, as well as Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway pipeline to an oil tanker port in Kitimat are also meeting resistance, with more than 3,000 people already signed up to speak at a federal hearing on the Gateway project set for early next year.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Nov. 3

Obama administration: Keystone XL pipeline may not be made this year
After a State Department official indicated that a final decision on the Keystone XL pipeline project, which would carry Alberta crude south though Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska on its way to refineries in Texas, may not be made by the end of the year, TransCanada released a statement indicating they expect the U.S. government to adhere to a previous commitment to make the decision by year's end.
Edmonton Journal (Postmedia News); Nov. 3

TransCanada official: Keystone XL pipeline delay cost $1M a day
In a sworn statement filed with the federal court in Nebraska, Robert Jones, a TransCanada vice president, said that the United States' delay of approval of the Keystone XL pipeline would cost the Canadian pipeline company $1 million a day.
Billings Gazette (AP); Nov. 3

Food manufacturing facility to bring hundreds of jobs to S. Idaho
The Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization will announce today the identity of the food manufacturer that plans to open a new production facility in Twin Falls that will bring 400 new jobs to the region.
Twin Falls Times-News; Nov. 3

Air Force to cut 261 jobs at Utah base
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said he would have preferred to hear about the U.S. Air Force's plan to cut 261 jobs at Hill Air Force Base before the decision was made, and Herbert expressed concerns about the remaining 24,000 jobs at the Utah base.
Salt Lake Tribune; Nov. 3

Idaho base to lose 34 civilian jobs in Air Force's plan to downsize
The U.S. Air Force announced the elimination of 9,000 jobs across the nation on Wednesday, with 34 civilian jobs at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho among the positions cut.
Idaho Statesman; Nov. 2

Colorado towns, conservation groups press for drilling limits
Two years ago, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission agreed to launch working groups to work on regulations for drilling operations within city limits and near streams, but those groups never were formed, and now a well is being proposed near Union Reservoir, a recreation area in Longmont that gets a quarter-million visits a year.
Denver Post; Nov. 3

Some Colorado municipalities use zoning to steer drilling operations
Some cities in Colorado began working on land-use rules nearly two decades ago to address requests to drill for oil and gas within their boundaries, while others have adopted a "wait-and-see" attitude about such zoning.
Denver Post; Nov. 3

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