Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Rockies Today, Sept. 25

Posted By on Wed, Sep 25, 2013 at 11:09 AM

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Montana, Japanese computer chip equipment makers to merge
Applied Materials Inc., which operates a chipmaking-equipment manufacturing company in Montana, announced a $9.39-billion stock deal with Tokyo Electron Ltd., to create a new, yet-unnamed company.
Kalispell Daily InterLake; Sept. 25

U. of Idaho researcher makes plastic out of cow manure
Dairies are big business in Idaho, and with each of the more than a million cows in the state producing up to 100 or so pounds of manure each day, finding a way to put that poop to practical use is a good thing, and University of Idaho researcher Erik Coats and his team have found a way to process the manure to make biodegradable plastic.
Twin Falls Times-News; Sept. 25

Lolo, Bitterroot national forests nix proposed Montana ski resort
Tom Maclay's revised application for a ski resort on national forest lands in the Lolo and Bitterroot national forests in Montana was rejected last month, the second time Maclay's proposal was denied.
Missoulian; Sept. 25

Alberta orders CNRL to drain lake to contain oilsands leak
Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. built berms around three bitumen leaks at its oilsands project on Cold Lake Air Weapons Range in Alberta, but a fourth leak into a small unnamed lake on the range has proven more difficult to stop, and now the province has ordered the company to partially drain the lake and stop the leak.
Edmonton Journal; Sept. 24

As Colorado floodwaters recede, more oil spills discovered
On Tuesday, three more oil spills were reported in Colorado related to the recent floods: a 5,100-gallons oil spill from a Noble Energy facility east of Kersey, 2,500 gallons from a PDC facility near Greeley, and a spill from a Mineral Resources operation west of LaSalle that has yet to be quantified.
Denver Post; Sept. 25

Another company walks away from oilshale research project
Royal Dutch Shell's announcement this week that it was abandoning its in-situ oilshale research project on Colorado's Western Slope is the second such project to be abandoned as Chevron walked away from its oilshale project in Rio Blanco County in early 2012.
Denver Post; Sept. 25

Alberta CO2 pipeline project secures another supplier
The Alberta Carbon Trunk Line (ACTL), a pipeline project designed to carry carbon dioxide from industries to aging oil fields to pump up production, is moving forward, with a promise from an Agrium fertilizer plant to supply 1,500 tons a day and a refinery currently under construction to provide 3,500 tons a day to the pipeline that can carry up to 15 million tons annually.
Edmonton Journal; Sept. 24

NREL study details benefits of blend of renewable, coal-fired energy
A new study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory study looked at different mixes of electricity from coal-fired plants and renewable energy installations and found that overall, the benefits of adding more power from solar- and wind-power installations outweighed the costs of having to adjust output from coal-fired plants.
Denver Post; Sept. 25

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