Friday, May 17, 2013

Rockies Today, May 17

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U.S. Interior Department releases new version of hydraulic-fracturing regs
The new proposed federal regulations for hydraulic fracturing were released by the U.S. Interior Department on Thursday, and public comment will be taken for 30 days, but environmental groups already said the new rules, which allow companies to shield some chemicals used in the process from disclosure, are too lax, and the oil and gas industry are already saying the regulations are too onerous.
New York Times; May 17

Wyoming gets a head's up on federal fracking rules
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell called Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead to give him a brief description of federal rules on hydraulic fracturing, rules Mead said are not needed given the state's regulations on the drilling process.
Casper Star-Tribune; May 17

Annual survey in Montana's Bitterroot Valley finds more elk
The annual spring aerial survey of Montana's Bitterroot Valley found 7,373 elk, up from the 6,238 elk counted last year, and the fourth highest number since the survey began 48 years ago.
Ravalli Republic; May 17

Idacorp CEO tells shareholders Idaho Power will stick with coal
At Idacorp's annual meeting in Boise on Thursday, CEO LaMont Keen told the 10 shareholders in attendance that Idaho Power will soon ask the Idaho Public Utilities Commission to allow it to spend $500 million to install pollution-control equipment on three coal plants in Wyoming and two in Nevada from which it draws power.
Idaho Statesman; May 17

Colorado congressman leads House hearing on Keystone XL pipeline
On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton spoke in support of the Keystone XL pipeline at a hearing before the House Committee on Small Business, where the Colorado congressman said the U.S. would develop the pipeline in a more responsible manner than China would develop a different one to allow Alberta oil to be shipped overseas.
Durango Herald; May 17

Federal furloughs to affect 13,000 Utahns
The furloughs announced this week by U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will affect 680,000 civilian employees across the United States, including 13,000 employed at four military installations in Utah.
Salt Lake Tribune; May 17

Idaho issues kill order on wolves near Carey after 31 sheep killed
Between May 10 and May 12, John Peavey, the owner of the Flat Top Ranch lost 13 ewes and 18 lambs to wolves, and the Idaho Wildlife Services has issued a kill permit for up to two wolves.
Idaho Mountain Express (Sun Valley); May 17

Colorado town passes ordinance requiring residents own a gun
The Nucla Town Board voted 5-1 to approve a new law that requires residents of the southeastern Colorado burg to own a gun, although the new rule provides some exceptions to the rule.
Denver Post (Montrose Daily Press); May 17

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