Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Rockies Today, Dec. 7

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Montana PSC hears pros, cons of regulation of power-plant emissions
At a roundtable hosted by the Montana Public Service Commission in Helena on Tuesday on proposed federal regulations of emissions from coal-fired power plants, utility representatives warned that such regulations will raise the cost of power for consumers, while health care advocates said the money saved in lower medical costs will more than cover the higher costs of electricity.
Helena Independent Record; Dec. 7

Wyoming governor budgets $808K to manage wolves for 2 years
The lion's share of the $808,099 in Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead's budget to manage wolves, $608,099, goes to the state Fish and Game Department to handle wolves in the northwest corner of the state where they are classified as trophy animals, and the remainder is for the Department of Agriculture to remove problem wolves.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; Dec. 7

B.C. guest ranches say clear-cutting destroying their businesses
British Columbia's salvage logging plan to clear trees killed by pine bark beetles are destroying the terrain on which guest ranches in the province depend upon for their business, and at a November conference in Kamploops for nature-based tourism, the Wilderness Tourism Association announced it was putting together a plan to bring such businesses and loggers together to create a sustainable timber plan that works for both groups.
Vancouver Sun; Dec. 7

Alberta launches new review of Bill 50, transmission lines projects
The Alberta government hired four experts to review Bill 50, legislation which gave the cabinet wide leeway to skip review processes for costly transmission projects, and to examine the Eastern and Western Alberta Transmission Lines, high-voltage lines that would run between Edmonton and Calgary.
Edmonton Journal; Dec. 7

Wyoming natural gas producers shrug off Oregon opposition to LNG port
The state of Oregon asked the Department of Energy to revoke its permit for a liquified natural gas terminal in Coos Bay, which would provide an important export outlet for Wyoming natural gas.
Casper Star-Tribune; Dec. 7

Groups sue to stop coal lease in Wyoming's Thunder Basin Grasslands
On Tuesday, WildEarth Guardians, the Powder River Basin Resource Council and the Sierra Club filed a lawsuit in federal court in Colorado, seeking to stop a proposed coal lease auction in Wyoming that contains acres located in the Thunder Basin National Grassland.
Casper Star-Tribune; Dec. 7

Glacier walk project in Alberta national park gets cool reception in Jasper
At a meeting in Jasper hosted by Brewster Travel Canada on its proposal to build the Glacier Discovery Walk, a 1,312-foot interpretive trail, along with an observation deck that extends more than 98 feet over Alberta's Sunwapta Valley, residents said they did not believe the walk was needed and complained that the project would take away public access as the company would limit travel to the trail head to buses; Parks Canada is taking public comment on the project through Dec. 16.
Edmonton Journal; Dec. 7

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