Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Rockies Today, Oct. 25

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Montana, Idaho report on wolf hunters' success
After the six-week archery season and not quite a week of rifle season completed, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks reports that 24 wolves have been killed, with wolves taken in 12 of the state's 17 hunting zones, and across the border in Idaho, 65 wolves have been killed during that state's hunting season, which continues through June of next year.
Montana Standard; Oct. 25

Texas company buys 65% of BLM oil, gas leases auctioned in Montana
The parent company of Shale Exploration LLC wants to lease 200,000 acres of land in northeast Montana for oil and exploration, and at Wednesday's Bureau of Land Management auction, the company was the successful bidder on 153 of the 237 parcels auctioned in Montana.
Billings Gazette (AP); Oct. 25

PPL Corp. wants to sell Montana subsidiary's share of coal-fired power plant
The parent company of PPL Montana wants to sell the Montana utility's ownership interest in the coal-fired generation plant in Colstrip.
Great Falls Tribune; Oct. 25

USFS approves Colorado ski area's expansion plans
On Wednesday, the U.S. Forest Service approved the 2012 master upgrades proposed by the Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, and now the federal agency will start work on the environmental assessment of the Colorado project.
Summit Daily News; Oct. 25

Colorado wildfire destroys homes, kills livestock, pets
A U.S. Forest Service official credited residents of Wetmore and Greenwood for working together to ensure all were safe from a fast-moving wildfire that ignited Tuesday, burned 2,100 acres and at least 14 homes.
Denver Post; Oct. 25

Report tracks flow of benefits from oilsands development in Alberta
At the National Buyer Seller Forum going on this week in Edmonton, the Conference Board of Canada released its report on private investment and spinoff economic activity related to oilsands development in Alberta, with Alberta getting 70 percent of the benefit domestically over the next 23 years, and the United States gets 50 percent of the international benefit.
Edmonton Journal; Oct. 25

Groups press EPA to require oil, gas companies' disclosure of chemicals
The Wyoming-based Powder River Basin Resource Council is one of the 17 groups that have formed an alliance to press the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to require companies to fully disclose the chemicals released by oil and gas companies to the air, soil, water and other areas.
Casper Star-Tribune; Oct. 25

Idaho governor seeks explanation on transmission line routing
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter wants Acting BLM Director Mike Pool, BLM National Landscape Conservation Director Carl Rountree and other federal officials involved in deciding the preferred route for the proposed Gateway West transmission line to come to Idaho and explain why they ignored two routes created by consensus of local officials when they selected the preferred route.
Idaho Statesman; Oct. 25

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