Friday, September 28, 2012

The Rockies Today, Sept. 28

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 10:42 AM

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Biofuels study assesses NW Montana towns for new biomass plant
The Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance was formed in 2011 to conduct a five-year study of the feasibility of developing an industry to turn waste wood in Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon into jet fuel, and the progress report issued after the first year indicated that Kalispell, Columbia Falls and Whitefish in northwest Montana were ranked high as a possible site for the plant, given their bountiful slash assets and their existing infrastructure.
Flathead Beacon; Sept. 28

Lawsuit challenges USFS's use of concessionaires on recreation sites
Colorado resident David Wimert is one of several individuals who have filed a federal lawsuit in Washington D.C. against the U.S. Forest Service over its policy of allowing private concessionaires to charge fees at Forest Service recreation sites.
Denver Post; Sept. 28

Investors in western resorts sue Credit Suisse to get documents unsealed
In 2010, investors in Idaho's Tamarack Resort, the Yellowstone Club in Montana, Nevada's Lake Las Vegas resort and the Ginn Sur Mer Resort in the Bahamas sued Credit Suisse, the Swiss banker that provided loans for those resorts, claiming the bank overvalued the resorts and issued loans on the inflated values with an intent to foreclose and gain control of the properties, and those investors are now fighting to get documents in that lawsuit submitted by Credit Suisse unsealed.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Sept. 28

Enbridge questions environmental cost assessment of Alberta-B.C. pipeline
At the ongoing federal review panel of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline project, Enbridge lawyers said that the environmental cost report submitted by economist Matthius Ruth, hired by the Haisla Nation, as assesses environmental impact on stretches of land where the pipeline will be laid as if they were previously undisturbed.
Edmonton Journal; Sept. 28

Meat packer in Alberta loses license over E. Coli contamination
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency temporarily suspended XL Foods' license for its meat-processing plant in Brooks, after E. Coli contamination was found in its products, and the U.S. expanded its ban on meat from the Alberta plant to 30 states.
Calgary Herald; Sept. 28

MSHA cites Wyoming coal mine for 25 safety violations
PacifiCorp, the majority owner of the Jim Bridger Coal Mine in southwestern Wyoming, said it will challenge some of the 25 safety violations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration.
Casper Star-Tribune; Sept. 28

Wyoming finds Anadarko Petroleum responsible for CO2 leak
Carbon dioxide injected into a central Wyoming oilfield escaped into Castle Creek, where six ducks were found dead last month, and the state Department of Environmental Quality ordered Anadarko Petroleum to find the source of the leak and cap it.
Casper Star-Tribune; Sept. 28

Idaho-based chipmaker announces $1-billion loss for fiscal year 2012
Micron Technology Inc.'s reported $1-billion loss for fiscal year 2012 is the Idaho-based chipmaker's worst in four years.
Idaho Statesman; Sept. 28

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