Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Rockies Today, Sept. 19

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Federal appeals court hears arguments on energy leases
On Tuesday in Denver, a 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver heard arguments in a case filed by oil and gas companies alleging that the Bureau of Land Management was required by law to issue oil and gas leases within sixty days of the date they were sold.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); Sept. 19

Volunteer firefighter charged with deliberately setting Idaho wildfire
Crews were able to do burnouts Tuesday to protect homes in the Wilderness Ranch subdivision threatened by the Karney Fire, but extremely dry fuels in the Robie Creek area of the Idaho fire were cited as a concern for firefighters today.
Idaho Statesman; Sept. 19

Alpha Resources says production in Wyoming coal mines will be cut
To deal with changing demands in the coal market, Alpha Natural Resources announced it would idle eight mines in Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, and would curtail production at its mines in Wyoming.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); Sept. 19

Report: Changes in climate fuel larger, more intense wildfires in the West
New Jersey-based Climate Central released its report, "The Age of Western Wildfires," on Tuesday that said the West's fire season is now 75 days longer than it was four decades ago, and that the area burned has increased as well.
Missoulian; Sept. 19

Tribal business in Montana wins $50M NASA contract
Montana-based S&K Global Solutions LLC, which is owned and operated by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, announced it had won a contract with NASA, that could be worth up to $50 million over the five-year term of the contract.
Missoulian; Sept. 19

Idaho State Land Board approves dredging permit for Salmon River
After delaying a vote a month to study the issue further, the Idaho State Land Board voted 5-0 to approve a mineral dredging permit for half-mile section of the Salmon River about 13 miles downstream of Riggins.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Sept. 19

Appeals court takes up decision on road in Utah national park today
Today in Denver, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear the appeal of Utah and San Juan County of a lower court decision that denied the state and county's assertion of ownership of a road in Canyonlands National Park in southeastern Utah.
Denver Post; Sept. 19

B.C. First Nation's lawyer: Enbridge has two versions of pipeline's benefits
At the federal hearing on Enbridge Inc.'s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline on Tuesday, a lawyer for British Columbia's Haisla First Nation said the company has two decidedly different takes on oil production in Canada: a glowing one offered at the hearing on the Alberta-B.C. pipeline, and a much more conservative one offered to stockholders at the company's meeting in May.
Edmonton Journal; Sept. 19

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