Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Rockies Today, Feb. 16

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Washington congressman's timber bill takes Oregon lawmakers by surprise
Oregon U.S. Reps. Greg Walden, Peter DeFazio and Kurt Schrader have been working for months on legislation to revamp the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, but on Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings of Washington submitted his bill to revise the law, and the House Natural Resources Committee will take Hastings' bill up today.
Los Angeles Times; Feb. 16

Federal rules on hydraulic fracturing similar to Wyoming's
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's draft rules on regulating the drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing are similar to Wyoming's, according to Tom Doll, the state's oil and natural gas supervisor.
Casper Star-Tribune; Feb. 16

At Utah energy summit, firms give updates on tar sands, oilshale work
At the Governor’s Energy Development Summit in Utah on Wednesday, Canada-based U.S. Oil Sands officials reported progress on developing a process to develop tar sands in eastern Utah but acknowledged the company needed financial investors to move forward, and officials of Enefit American Oil and Red Leaf Resources said their companies are edging closer to commercial development of oilshale resources in the state.
Salt Lake Tribune; Feb. 16

Alberta oilsands producer sends first shipment of crude oil to China
Cenovus Energy Inc. announced that it had shipped 250,000 barrels of oil from its oilsands operations in Alberta to a Vancouver, B.C. port and on to a customer in China, the first such sale for Cenovus.
Calgary Herald; Feb. 16

Santorum's proposal to sell public lands nothing new in Idaho
Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum's pledge made in Boise this week to sell federal lands is similar to political pledges made by others in the past, including Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, who had made a similar proposal in 2005, but backed off it when it became a campaign issue in 2006.
Idaho Statesman; Feb. 16

FERC approves faster process for permit for Colorado hydroelectric project
The day after opponents of a proposed hydroelectric project in Aspen gathered enough signatures on petitions to force the Colorado city's council to re-evaluate its zoning decision clearing the way for the project to be built, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced that it would consider the federal permit under its "traditional licensing process," which is less complex than the "integrated licensing process," which opponents of the project wanted FERC to use.
Aspen Times; Feb. 16

Colorado legislation would limit hospital costs for uninsured
The Colorado Senate Health and Human Services committee will hear legislation offered by Sen. Irene Aguilar that would limit hospital charges on uninsured or underinsured patients, require hospitals to provide specific information about charity care or discounts, and require setting up payment plans.
Denver Post; Feb. 16

University of Wyoming geologist named one of National Geographic's 'Explorers'
University of Wyoming geology and geochemistry professor Ken Sims was named one of National Geographic's 200 "Explorers, which will provide Sims some funding and his research will be featured on the organization's website.
Casper Star-Tribune; Feb. 16

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