Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Rockies Today, Nov. 20

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Utah provides a model for communities seeking federal transportation funds
At a meeting Tuesday in Washington, D.C., of Transportation of America, an alliance of community, business and elected officials, the ability of Utah to obtain federal funding for transportation projects was touted as one to follow.
Salt Lake Tribune; Nov. 20

Montana county hires attorney to fend off USFS water-rights claims
The Ravalli County Commission voted unanimously to use $1,500 of donated private funds to hire a Wyoming law firm to continue its challenge of the U.S. Forest Service's plan to obtain water rights on headwaters streams in the Bitterroot Forest in Montana.
Ravalli Republic; Nov. 20

Denver hearing focuses on USFWS's changing priority on wolves
At a hearing in Denver on Tuesday, the first 151 people who signed up to talk were those who are against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's plan to remove federal protections from wolves in Utah, Colorado, California and other states and allow those states to manage the species, to allow the federal agency to concentrate its reintroduction efforts to Mexican wolves in Arizona and New Mexico.
Denver Post; Nov. 20

Utah legislators mull fund to pay for federal environmental disputes
On Tuesday, Utah legislators discussed creating an "environmental defense fund," to help pay the state's legal costs in battles over federal protection of species and air-quality regulations, and state Sen. David Hinkins said he was working on a draft bill to create such a fund.
Salt Lake Tribune; Nov. 20

High speed rail leads transportation options for Colorado's Front Range
At a meeting Tuesday night, transportation planners with the Colorado Department of Transportation laid out six options to deal with traffic in Front Range communities, including construction of a high-speed rail system from Fort Collins to DIA and then south to Colorado Springs.
Denver Post; Nov. 20

BLM sells leases on 35 Utah parcels for $3.4 million
Utah will get nearly half the $3.4-million generated by Tuesday's Bureau of Land Management's auction of oil and gas leases on 35 parcels in that state, with one 183-acre bringing in half the auction's proceeds.
Salt Lake Tribune; Nov. 20

Chinese, Calgary companies plan LNG projects in Alberta, B.C.
ENN Canada Corp., a subsidiary of ENN Group, which is one of the largest natural gas distributors in China, and Calgary-based Ferus Natural Gas Fuels announced plans to build natural gas liquefaction plants in Edmonton, Alberta, and Vancouver, B.C., to provide LNG for retail sales at fueling stations across Canada.
Calgary Herald; Nov. 20

Canada orders Class 1 railways to provide info on dangerous goods transport
Transport Minister Lisa Raitt issued a mandate that requires Canadian Class 1 railway companies to provide information every three months on dangerous goods transported to communities through which the shipments pass, although the information does not have to be provided in advance of the shipments, and other companies that transport such goods must provide the information on an annual basis.
Edmonton Journal (Canadian Press); Nov. 20

Alberta issues protection order to 2 companies to clean up coal slurry spill
Alberta Environment issued a protection order on Tuesday requiring Coal Valley Resources Inc. and Sherritt International Corp. to take immediate steps to address to contain and recover material released by the failing of a coal slurry pond on Oct. 31, although agency spokeswoman Jessica Potter emphasized that the companies had been working to do so since the spill occurred.
Edmonton Journal; Nov. 20

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