Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Rockies Today, Sept. 26

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Evacuation notice issued as Montana wildfire nears homes
The Condon Mountain Fire grew to nearly 4,500 acres in size on Tuesday, and is now burning within a mile and a half of homes on the east side of Highway 83 in Montana's Swan Valley, and residents in the area were warned to be ready to leave.
Flathead Beacon (AP); Sept. 25

Coal mine challenge may be first test for Colorado's roadless rule
Colorado's Roadless Rule, which was approved by the federal government in July, creates different tiers of management levels for the state's 4.2 million acres of federal roadless forest lands, and exempts several areas from the ban on road building, including the Sunset Roadless Area, where the U.S. Forest Service has approved the expansion of a coal mine, prompting a challenge from environmental groups.
Summit County Citizens Voice; Sept. 26

Oil patch operators ask Canada to help ward off foreign investors
Oil industry officials support the $15.1-billion deal for China-based CNOOC Ltd. to buy Nexen, but they want Canada to take steps to ensure domestic ownership of the country's oil resources remains in the majority.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Sept. 26

Former minister warns Canada CNOOC deal will set dangerous precedent
Sinclair Stevens helped Canada rewrite industry rules nearly three decades ago that opened the doors to foreign investment, but the former industry minister said the current deal between CNOOC and Nexen is a bad one because it will give a Chinese state-owned company a toehold in Canada.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Sept. 26

Endangered fish present another problem for Alberta-B.C. pipeline
On its way from Alberta to a port on British Columbia's coast, Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway pipeline crosses both the Stewart and Endako rivers, where the estimated 335 remaining endangered Nechako white sturgeon are found, and the proposed pipeline has reinvigorated calls for the recovery plan for the species, first presented seven years ago, to be implemented.
Toronto Globe and Mail (Canadian Press); Sept. 26

Study: Decline of bird population matches that of Alberta's boreal forest
The University of Alberta's Biodiversity Monitoring Institute released the results of its study of the province's boreal forest and 74 bird species, which found that, as of 2010, 21 percent of the boreal forest had been affected by mining, forestry and other activities, and that bird populations in affected areas were 80 percent of what they would be if no development occurred.
Edmonton Journal; Sept. 26

U.S. halts imports of Alberta beef after recall issued
The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service has stopped all imports of meat products from Alberta-based XL Foods, after the company issued a voluntary recall of products due to concerns about E. coli contamination.
Edmonton Journal; Sept. 26

Colorado among states to get FAA grants for spaceport study
The Federal Aviation Administration's new Space Transportation Infrastructure Matching Grants were awarded to Colorado, California and Hawaii for feasibility studies for spaceports.
Denver Post; Sept. 26

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