Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Rockies Today, Oct. 9

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Florida firm to complete purchase of Montana technology company
The off-again, on-again deal for Florida-based Global Technologies Group, Inc. to buy Montana-based MSE Technology Applications, Inc. in Butte is on again, with details about the agreement to be available on Oct. 25, the day it's finalized.
Montana Standard; Oct. 9

Interior secretary to make energy announcement today in Wyoming
Interior officials have not said what Secretary Ken Salazar's announcement planned for today in Wyoming will be about, but given that Salazar will be at a wind energy lab at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, it may involve wind energy.
Denver Post (AP); Oct. 9

USFS reposts air tanker contract after protests
After companies from B.C. and California protested the $261-million contract the U.S. Forest Service awarded to Montana-based Neptune Aviation to provide next-generation air tankers to fight wildfires, the U.S. Forest Service announce it would repost the contract.
Missoulian; Oct. 9

Federal judge allows Colorado ski area expansion to proceed
Last Friday, U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg rejected Ark Initiative's request for an injunction to stop Aspen Skiing Co.'s work at its Snowmass Ski Area to expand skiing on Burnt Mountain, and SkiCo officials said work would begin again and be done in time for this ski season.
Aspen Times; Oct. 9

Study: Oilsands development causes little environmental impact
A study funded by Suncor that examined sediments from three lakes in northeastern Alberta some 125 miles from oilsands mines found levels of airborne metals peaked more than five decades ago, and levels of polycyclic aromatic compounds peaked in the mid-1700s and mid-1800s, a particularly dry period with substantial wildfire activity.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Oct. 9

CP examines foreign nonprofits' contributions in B.C. pipeline dispute
Canada's Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver and Enbridge officials have decried foreign nonprofits' contributions to groups who oppose the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline that would run from Alberta's oilsands country to a port on British Columbia's west coast, and the Canadian Press takes a look at foreign foundations' contributions in British Columbia over the past couple of decades and the causes they've funded.
Toronto Globe and Mail (Canadian Press); Oct. 8

Former B.C. energy minister sounds off on Northern Gateway pipeline
Former B.C. energy minister Richard Neufeld, who is now a Conservative senator, said that although he strongly supports the Northern Gateway pipeline, he does not believe Enbridge will be able to get the Alberta-B.C. pipeline built, due in large part to the company's mishandling of the approval process, which has caused many in B.C. to distrust Enbridge.
Vancouver Sun; Oct. 8

Study: Six SW states could save $20B with energy efficiency efforts
Colorado-based Southwest Energy Efficiency Project released its findings that said Colorado, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico and Nevada could save $20 billion by 2030 if the utilities and residents took steps to utilize energy more efficiently.
Denver Post; Oct. 9

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