Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Rockies Today, Feb. 26

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U.S. issues emergency order regulating shipments of crude oil by rail
On Tuesday, the U.S. Transportation Department issued an emergency order that requires all crude oil shipped by rail to be tested for volatility, and requiring that crude oil shipments meet requirements for shipping of hazardous materials.
Flathead Beacon (AP); Feb. 26

BNSF train carrying Wyoming coal derails in Montana
The last 29 cars of a 115-car coal train derailed near Terry on Monday evening, although Santa Fe Burlington Northern Railway officials were not certain how much of the coal carried by those cars spilled in the Montana derailment.
Casper Star-Tribune; Feb. 26

Colorado's new air-quality rules for drillers don't quell push for local control
The new air-quality regulations put in place in Colorado for oil and gas drilling operations did little to appease local leaders, who are pressing the state to allow for more local control of drilling operations.
Denver Post; Feb. 26

BIA takes public comment on energy plan for tribal lands in Utah
The public comment period closes Friday on Berry Petroleum Co.'s proposed Avintaquin Canyon Exploration and Development Project that would drill 640 wells on 34,254 acres within the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation in Utah, a plan that concerns some because a stretch of the Strawberry River inside the project area is a blue-ribbon trout fishery.
Salt Lake Tribune; Feb. 26

BLM temporarily closes areas of Idaho burned in 2013 Pony, Elk fires
The Bureau of Land Management has closed 54,200 acres of its lands burned last year by the Pony and Elk fires, with plans to restore public access to those acres on May 1.
Idaho Statesman; Feb. 26

Winter's bounty proves lethal in Western U.S.
Heavy snows and high winds combined to create lethal avalanche conditions in the American West in February, with 11 of the 17 avalanche deaths so far this winter reported this month.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Feb. 26

Consumer group targets Trader Joe's in Idaho with ad
Just days before Trader Joe's opens its first grocery store in Idaho, Consumers Union bought a full-page ad in the Idaho Statesman, urging the California-based grocer to stop "selling meat from animals raised on antibiotics."
Idaho Statesman; Feb. 26

Audit finds myriad problems with online, charter schools in Utah
Utah legislators were dismayed by the findings of an audit of online and charter schools in the state that found the system rife with problems, including failure to follow up on students' attendance or graduation rates at online schools and schools not checking credentials for teachers of online classes.
Salt Lake Tribune; Feb. 26

Colorado program seeks to teach low-income students high-tech skills
Jeff Macco, a co-founder of Denver-based AppIt Ventures, said difficulty hiring skilled workers for his company prompted him to create SeedPaths, a program that targets low-income students to teach them high-tech skills.
Denver Post; Feb. 26

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