Thursday, November 29, 2012

Rockies Today, Nov. 29

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 10:55 AM

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EPA gives Montana cities, communities time to work on water quality
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has accepted the guidelines for addressing water quality issues passed by the Montana Legislature in 2011.
Billings Gazette; Nov. 29

Hurricane Sandy no match for Idaho company's solar lights
While Hurricane Sandy ravaged the electrical grid on the East Coast, the solar-powered light system installed by Boise's Inovus Solar at a marina around New Jersey’s Lake Hopatcong kept on shining, as did other solar systems installed by the Idaho company throughout the East Coast.
Idaho Statesman; Nov. 29

Federal judge rejects settlement over dirt bikes on trails in Colorado NF
The settlement reached by the Center for Biological Diversity and the U.S. Forest Service in a lawsuit filed by the environmental group that sought to have dirt bikes banned on five trails in the Bear Creek Drainage in the Pike National Forest was rejected Monday by a federal judge, keeping trails 665, 668, 701 and 720 and part of trail 667 open to dirt bikes.
Colorado Springs Gazette; Nov. 29

Alberta oilsands touted as good investment at Edmonton conference
At the Sequeira Energy Services Symposium in Edmonton Wednesday, attendees heard that foreign investors are lining up to invest in Alberta's oilsands operations and that confidence is high in the province that the Keystone XL pipeline will be built.
Edmonton Journal; Nov. 29

Local atheist allows lawsuit over skihill Jesus statue in Montana to proceed
The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation revised its complaint against the U.S. Forest Service battling the renewal of a permit for a statue of Jesus on a ski slope on Montana's Big Mountain to include a local skier who is an atheist and who considers the religious statue offensive.
Missoulian; Nov. 29

Wyoming governor releases preliminary draft of energy policy
The public is now invited to review and comment on the 73 initiatives released by Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead that are proposed to become the state's energy policy.
Casper Star-Tribune; Nov. 29

Wyoming senator's bill would make carbon-capture tax credit process easier
Responding to industry officials' complaints that the process for getting tax credits for capturing carbon dioxide is hard to navigate, Wyoming U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi is co-sponsoring legislation with senators from North Dakota and West Virginia to make the process more straightforward.
Casper Star-Tribune; Nov. 29

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