Monday, December 23, 2013

Rockies Today, Dec. 23

Posted By on Mon, Dec 23, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Top news links, courtesy of Mountain West News.

Industry-funded regulation board takes over Alberta oilsands oversight
The industry-funded Alberta Energy Regulator has hired 75 employees of the province's environment department and another 75 are expected to make the jump as the Canadian province completes the handing over of responsibility for ensuring energy companies comply with the Water Act, Public Lands Act, and the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act over to the industry-funded board.
Edmonton Journal; Dec. 23

Eagles a factor in California utility, Montana wind farm lawsuits
A pair of dueling lawsuits were filed last week over Montana's largest wind farm, with San Diego Gas and Electric suing NaturEner USA for not meeting its contractual responsibilities on the level of bird protection at the Rim Rock wind farm, and NaturEner suing the California utility, alleging that the utility is using the avian conditions at the wind farm as an excuse to default on its contract to buy renewable energy credits from the project.
Great Falls Tribune; Dec. 23

In Montana, bald eagles, grizzlies living reminders of federal law's success
President Richard Nixon signed the federal Endangered Species Act into law on Dec. 28, 1973, and in Montana, bald eagles and grizzly bears have rebounded because of the law's protections.
Missoulian; Dec. 23

Utah approves in-situ oil shale project
In a first for Utah, state regulators have approved Red Leaf Resources' plan to develop an oil shale mine on state land in the Uinta Basin, the first commercial-scale project of its kind in the United States.
Salt Lake Tribune; Dec. 23

Wyoming board OKs changes made in wind farm plans
Utah-based Wasatch Wind and Power LLC officials said the proposed changes at its planned Wasatch Wind project in Converse County were done primarily to deal environmental and wildlife concerns, and those changes were approved by the Wyoming Industrial Siting Council at its meeting last week.
Casper Star-Tribune; Dec. 23

Juvenile eagle's death bring toll to 13 in Utah
The mysterious illness that causes paralysis and death in eagles has killed 13 birds in Northern Utah in recent weeks.
Salt Lake Tribune; Dec. 23

Scientists work to unravel mystery about Utah city's air pollution
Most of the particulate pollution known as PM2.5 in Salt Lake City isn't the result of direct output from tailpipes, smoke stacks and wood stoves, but rather from the interaction of precursor chemicals such as nitrous oxides and volatile organic compounds which combine to create particles, and scientists in Utah at work trying to solve how much of the city's pollution is from what source.
Salt Lake Tribune; Dec. 23

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