Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Rockies Today, June 6

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USFS chief discusses probe into Utah air tanker crash that killed 2
U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell was in New Mexico to do an aerial survey of the Whitewater-Baldy fire, which has burned 404 square acres thus far, and Tidwell talked about the ongoing investigation into the crash of the air tanker in Utah on Sunday that killed both men aboard, as well as a crash landing of another P2V air tanker in Nevada that same day.
Flathead Beacon (AP); June 6

Initiatives seek to end Colorado's 'first in line, first in time' water law
Richard Hamilton of Fairplay and Phil Doe of Littleton are working to gather the necessary 86,000 signatures on Initiatives 3 and 45, which would put an end to Colorado's existing water laws, and would allow general interest to claim priority.
Durango Herald; June 6

Canadian oil producers press for more pipeline capacity
This week a couple of reports highlight the importance of Canada reaching out to Asia to market its energy resources, with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers issuing a report Tuesday that forecast a dramatic increase in oilsands production that called for new pipeline projects to ship that oil to ports for export to Asia, and a report due today from the Asia-Pacific Foundation urges oil-producing provinces and the industry to conduct a concerted campaign to educate Canadians about the benefits of selling energy to Asia.
Toronto Globe and Mail; June 6

Shell awards TransCanada the $4B contract for B.C. natural gas pipeline
Royal Dutch Shell PLC selected TransCanada to build its proposed pipeline to carry natural gas nearly 435 miles from shale fields in British Columbia to Kitimat, B.C., where Shell is developing a liquefied natural gas export project.
Toronto Globe and Mail; June 6

Suncor cite low prices, closure of plant for dropping Alberta gas project
Suncor has dropped its application to develop nearly a dozen sour gas wells and to build a 34-mile pipeline in Alberta's Kananaskis Country.
Calgary Herald; June 6

Wildfires burn more than 7,000 acres across southern Utah
The largest wildfire burning now in Utah is White Rock Fire in the Hamlin Valley area, which was ignited by a lightning strike across the border in Nevada; the Box Creek Fire, which was started by sparks from a controlled burn, has prompted evacuation requests in the Monroe Meadows near Marysvale; and the Lost Lake Fire in Wayne County is zero percent contained.
Salt Lake Tribune; June 5

Colorado wants the $128M in overpayments in jobless benefits back
The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment said 96 percent of the overpayments of jobless benefits in 2011, which totalled $128 million, were due to clerical errors.
Denver Post; June 6

Reroute of road in Grand Teton National Park may begin by 2016
Certain stretches of Moose-Wilson Road follow wildlife corridors in Grand Teton National Park, and in the Wyoming park's 2007 Transportation plan, the park proposed moving two sections of the road back to historic two-track routes.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; June 6

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