Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Rockies Today, May 15

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Colorado company to build energy-worker housing in Montana
Canadian-American Structured Solutions Inc., a recently formed business in Colorado, has picked Billings to be its headquarters and has leased a warehouse in the Montana city where it will begin manufacturing modular housing units for energy workers in 10 western states and three Canadian provinces.
Billings Gazette; May 15

Congressional field hearing in Colorado focuses on beetle-killed trees
Utah U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, co-chair of the House Resource Committee’s subcommittees on water and power and national parks, forests and public lands, hosted a meeting in Colorado U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton's home district on Monday to discuss streamlining U.S. Forest Service processes to allow faster harvesting of beetle-killed timber.
Grand Junction Sentinel; May 15

Industry report says federal government handcuffing energy development
The results of a study done by Las Vegas-based SWCA Environmental Consultants for the Denver-based Western Energy Alliance released Monday said that requirements of the National Environmental Policy that took effect Jan. 1 delayed 22 drilling projects in Utah and Wyoming, costing billions of dollars in economic activity, but two of the projects that the study said had been delayed—Anadarko Petroleum Corp.'s Greater Natural Buttes Area Gas Development Project in northeast Utah’s Uinta Basin was approved this week and the South Unit Oil and Gas Development Project in Utah's Ashley National Forest was approved in February.
WyoFile.com; May 15

Alberta imposes ban on fires in all forested areas of the province
There are three wildfires burning out of control in Alberta, where officials announced Monday that a ban on all outdoor burning was in place for all forested areas of the province.
Edmonton Journal; May 15

Federal judge puts helicopter hazing of bison in Montana on hold
At a hearing on Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Charles C. Lovell ordered Montana Department of Livestock to ground helicopters used to haze bison back into Yellowstone National Park for 14 days.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle; May 15

Montana, Blackfeet Tribe ink tax deal on oil, gas development
On Monday, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, state Attorney General Steve Bullock and Blackfeet Tribal T.J. Show signed an agreement that will prohibit double taxation of energy development on the reservation.
Montana Public Radio; May 15

Utah scientist creates method to measure carbon dioxide emissions
James Ehleringer, a member of the University of Utah-led research team, has created a process that can detect changes in an area's carbon dioxide emissions, an important step if nations ever agree to limit such emissions.
Salt Lake Tribune; May 15

B.C. defends decision not to support new national park
Data obtained by the Toronto Globe and Mail indicate that twice as many British Columbia residents supported a proposed national park in the South Okanagan than opposed it, despite B.C. officials' decision in January to pull the plug on the proposal, and on Monday, B.C. Environment Minister Terry Lake said that the level of support for the park wasn't enough to offset the impact the park would have had on ranching, logging and other activities.
Toronto Globe and Mail; May 15

Nevada's pursuit of water puts Utah on edge
Pat Mulroy, the general manager for Southern Nevada Water Authority, is unabashed in her quest to assure that her area of the state has adequate water, with crews at work drilling a lower intake valve in Lake Mead, and the SNWA is also planning on pumping groundwater from Northern Nevada south to Las Vegas, but Utah shares that same geological water supply, and is resisting SNWA's pipeline plan. The final article in the Deseret News' series on Colorado River water.
Deseret News; May 15

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