Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Rockies Today, Jan. 15

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NPS declines to use 'biobullets' to fight brucellosis in Yellowstone bison
On Tuesday, the National Park Service said it was not interested in spending $9 million over three decades to shoot wild bison in Yellowstone National Park with "biobullets" containing vaccine to fight brucellosis, a disease that can cause pregnant cows to abort, and on Monday, the Montana Department of Livestock voted against a plan to allow more bison in areas of that state north and west of the park.
Billings Gazette (AP); Jan. 15

Political ads naming names on health care vote coming to Montana
Americans for Prosperity, which is partially funded by the billionaire Koch brothers, have been running political ads naming Democratic federal lawmakers who voted for the Affordable Care Act since September, and on Tuesday, the group announced a new ad would run in Montana, thanking Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines for his vote against the federal health care law.
New York Times; Jan. 15

Megaload in Idaho could move into Montana Wednesday night
The massive truckload of mining equipment bound from Oregon's Port of Umatilla to Alberta's oilsands country has been parked in Idaho just 10 miles shy of the Montana border for more than 10 days, but now that Montana has issued a permit for the megaload to proceed and the weather has cleared, it's anticipated that it will be on the move on Highway 93 tonight.
Missoulian; Jan. 15

Montana county commissioner works on federal lands issue with NACO
Lewis and Clark County Commissioner Mike Murray has traveling to Washington, D.C. to work with the National Association of Counties on federal lands issues, including the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program, which has yet to make it into any federal spending bills.
Helena Independent Record; Jan. 15

Study finds Alberta leads Canada in land disturbance
A national study in Canada found that 62 percent of Alberta's land had seen some type of industrial or agricultural activity, and that two of the three areas in the nation that saw the most land disturbance were also located in that province: In oilsands country and along the eastern slopes of the Rockies.
Calgary Herald (Canadian Press); Jan. 15

British company applies to mine oil shale in Utah
London-based TomCo Energy filed the paperwork on Monday with the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining for a large-scale oil shale mine on state lands in Uintah County, with plans to use technology licensed from Red Leaf Resources, which has received permits for an oilshale mine from the state already. A photo accompanies this article showing Red Leaf Resources' test project.
Salt Lake Tribune; Jan. 15

B.C. minister lobbies Canadian officials to support New Prosperity Mine
Bill Bennett, British Columbia's Minister of Energy and Mines met with federal officials in Ottawa to garner support for the proposed New Prosperity Mine near Cariboo, Taseko Mines' proposed $1.5-billion open pit gold and copper mine, which calls for the total loss of Little Fish Lake, where a tailings storage facility would be built.
Vancouver Sun; Jan. 15

Study finds Site C dam project in B.C. puts critical wildlife habitat at risk
A report done for the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative finds that British Columbia's proposed Site C hydroelectric dam threatens the Peace Break, one of the 11 contiguous parcels of wildlife habitat that stretches north from Wyoming and Montana along the Canadian Rockies to the Northwest Territories.
Vancouver Sun; Jan. 15

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