Friday, May 18, 2012

The Rockies Today, May 18

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NPR series explores effects of hydraulic fracturing
This past week, NPR broadcast a series of brodcasts on hydraulic fracturing, that looked at the effects of the rapid increase of the drilling method, that included a piece from Colorado's Garfield County called "Close Encounters."; May 18

FERC again denies Million's permit for Wyoming-Colorado water pipeline
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rejected Fort Collins businessman Aaron Million's request to build a pipeline to carry water from the Flaming Gorge Reservoir on the Wyoming-Utah border to Colorado Front Range cities in February, calling the application premature, and on Thursday, the federal agency declined to reconsider the denial.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); May 18

Colorado Mining Association asks U.S. Supreme Court to hear roadless case
Although Colorado has developed its own plan to manage the federal roadless areas within the state's borders, officials of the Colorado Mining Association said there is merit in opposing the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule, and for that reason the Association has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the federal law.
Denver Post; May 18

Some evacuees from Colorado wildfire allowed to return home
The Hewlett Gulch wildfire in Colorado grew by more than 2,000 acres on Thursday, where rapidly shifting winds prevented helicopters and air tankers from lending a hand, although evacuees from 65 homes were allowed to return home although 15 more residences remain under evacuation orders.
Denver Post; May 18

Wyoming coal company exec: Asia has other options for coal
At the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority’s spring board meeting Thursday, Jim Orchard, a senior vice president of Gillette-based Cloud Peak Energy Inc. said that the growing opposition in the U.S. to the proposal to export coal from the Rocky Mountain West to Asia would only redirect the market.
Casper Star-Tribune; May 18

Climate-change group plans Wyoming events this summer
High Country Rising Tide, the Wyoming chapter of the national Rising Tide, a grassroots organization formed to address the causes of climate change, plans a July protest at a coal mine in Campbell County, as well as a weeklong camp in August in that county to train attendees on methods of civil disobedience, and to stage protests at area coal mines, as well as help with community service projects.
Casper Star-Tribune; May 18

Groups, shareholder protest Idaho Power's use of coal
As shareholders of Idacorp, the parent company of Idaho Power Co., gathered in Boise for the company's annual meeting, members of the Snake River Alliance demonstrated to urge the company to stop using coal-generated power, and a stockholder had the same question for President and CEO J. LaMont Keen at the meeting.
Idaho Statesman; May 18

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