Monday, May 5, 2014

Rockies Today, May 5

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USFS says budget, incomplete air tanker fleet concerns for wildfire season
The continued drought in the Western United States has primed the area for wildfire, and with budget constraints and an air-tanker fleet that is not complete, U.S. Forest Service officials said it could be a rough fire season.
Great Falls Tribune (AP); May 5

Wyoming Game & Fish proposes new quota for wolf hunt
An increase in wolf numbers was cited by Wyoming Fish and Game officials for the proposed increase in quotas for the upcoming hunting season from 26 in 2013 to 46 this year.
Casper Star-Tribune; May 2

Navajo Nation takes protection of Utah lands directly to Congress
As wilderness bills fail to gain traction in Congress, supporters of proposals to protect federal public lands in the West are pressing President Obama to designate those areas national monuments, including the proponents of the Diné Bikéyah National Conservation Area, which would protect 1.9 million acres in Utah's San Juan County. Article contains a sidebar listing 12 areas in the West recommended for such protection.
Salt Lake Tribune; May 5

Alberta oilsands incident could be a game-changer for the industry
An oil leak reported last summer in the Primose oilsands field in northeastern Alberta raised concerns about the in-situ method of heating the bitumen to liquid state and siphoning the oil out of the ground, and the investigation continues to determine if faulty equipment was to blame for the leak, or if the bitumen found its way through the rocky layer dozens of feet below the surface.
New York Times; May 3

B.C. seeks agency to cleanup oil pipeline spills
Using the federally-mandated agency that cleans up oil spills off the coast of Canada, the British Columbia government is proposing an industry funded agency in that province to clean up oil spills from pipelines.
Vancouver Sun; May 5

B.C., Malaysia-owned Petronas ink deal on liquefied natural gas project
The British Columbia government and Petronas, which is owned by Malaysia, have agreed to work together to get a proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal on Lelu Island, located near Prince Rupert in northwestern British Columbia built, with the province agreeing to work on a tax issue, and the Malaysian firm to work to get the export terminal built.
Toronto Globe and Mail; May 5

Federal judge in Montana declines to require whitebark pine be protected
On April 25, U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen ruled that a lack of funding could forestall the listing of whitebark pine as a threatened or endangered species, a decision that the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, the WildWest Institute and Alliance for the Wild Rockies, said they will appeal to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Missoulian; May 3

Wild horses, motorized access 2 areas of contention in Utah
The county commissioners of Iron and Willard counties in Utah have sued the Bureau of Land Management over the damage done by hundreds of wild horses in their drought-ravaged counties, while a San Juan County commissioner is planning an ATV ride into Recapture Canyon on a trail closed by the BLM sever years ago, as the debate on use of federal lands in the Beehive State continues.
Salt Lake Tribune; May 5

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