Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Rockies Today, Nov. 17

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Only bidder at BLM auction of coal in Montana bids $5.3M
The Bureau of Land Management is expected to decide today whether to accept Signal Peak Energy LLC's $5.3-million bid for an estimated 35.5 million tons of coal on an estimated 2,700 acres in Montana.
Billings Gazette; Nov. 17

National elk refuge in Wyoming wraps up environmental analysis
With a lengthy environmental analysis in hand, the manager of the National Elk Refuge in Wyoming is moving forward with a plan to reduce the number of elk wintering there by roughly 2,000 to around 5,000, but a former biologist at the refuge warns that it's just a matter of time before chronic wasting disease moves onto the refuge and that more should be done to reduce the number of elk wintering there.
Jackson Hole Daily; Nov. 17

Appeals court affirms plan for Montana silver, copper mine
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Revett Minerals planned Rock Creek silver and copper mine in Montana's Cabinet Mountains Wilderness, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's analysis that the underground mine presented no significant threat to grizzly bears or bull trout.
Missoulian; Nov. 17

USFWS's only meeting on wolf management plan in Wyoming draws 45
On Tuesday night, approximately 10 of the 45 people who attended the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's only meeting on Wyoming's proposed wolf management plan in Lander, with ranchers speaking in support of the plan and conservationists speaking against it.
Casper Star-Tribune; Nov. 17

Montana FWP seeks input on extending wolf season by one month
Montana's wolf hunt season closes Dec. 31, but the number of wolves killed in most districts is low, and the state wildlife agency is considering extending the season by one month to Jan. 31, 2012, and is asking the public for comments on that proposal by Nov. 28.
Missoulian; Nov. 17

Water issues has Nerd Gas seeking new Wyoming site for gas plant
Officials of Casper-based Nerd Gas Co. said concerns about available water resources at Lake De Smet forced them to consider other sites in Wyoming for its proposed natural gas-to-gasoline facility, and the company said it is also downsizing the proposed plant.
Casper Star-Tribune; Nov. 17

Idaho semiconductor company wins anti-trust case
Micron Technologies and its co-defendant, South-Korea based Hynix Semiconductor Inc., walked away from the anti-trust lawsuit filed against them by Rambus Inc., with no judgment assessed against them, and shareholders' response to the win for the Idaho company sent its stock soaring.
Idaho Statesman; Nov. 17

Colorado agencies say state's arsenic standards hobbling projects
The Colorado Department of Transportation and the Regional Transportation District are complaining that the state's standard on allowable limits of arsenic in groundwater discharged into the South Platte River has forced them to use extremely expensive options to meet the standard.
Denver Post; Nov. 17

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