Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Rockies Today, May 6

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Montana gets requests from 10 entities for Yellowstone bison
Under an agreement between Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and Ted Turner, 25 percent of the calf crop from the genetically pure, brucellosis free bison from Yellowstone National Park transferred to Turner's Bozeman-area ranch can be transferred to other entities, and this year Montana and Oklahoma tribes, wildlife agencies in Minnesota and Utah, and private groups from Colorado, Montana, Nebraska and New York are seeking some of the 135 bison available.
Billings Gazette (AP); May 6

BLM announces review of its planning process
Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze said the agency's review of its planning process was driven by complaints that management needs to be done at a landscape level and that current processes take too long.
Billings Gazette; May 6

Recent incidents elicit drone warning in national park in Utah
After an unmanned drone spooked a herd of bighorn sheep in Zion National Park and reports were made about a drone hovering near a nest that may contain the state's first condor chick, park Superintendent Jim Milestone issued a statement reminding wildlife paparazzi and others that the use of drones in the Utah park is illegal.
Salt Lake Tribune; May 6

U. of Utah researchers test method to help Darwin finches fend off parasite
During a stint at the Charles Darwin Research Station on the Galápagos Islands, University of Utah doctoral student Sarah Knutie noticed finches pulling fibers from a frayed cotton clothesline and had the idea of treating cotton balls with a mild pesticide and making them available to nest-building finches to incorporate a way to get a pesticide into the finches' nests to kill off a blood-sucking fly maggot that is killing hatchlings.
Salt Lake Tribune; May 6

Transport Canada: Oil train traffic in B.C. increased 183% last year
Data obtained from Transport Canada by The Vancouver Sun indicate that oil and petroleum shipments by rail increased from 1,200 in 2012 to 3,400 in 2013, and municipalities across the province are pressing railroads for information about the routes those shipments took, although there is currently no law in place requiring them to disclose that information.
Vancouver Sun; May 6

Canada National Energy Board discounts economic benefit of spills
Within its 15,000-page application to the National Energy Board to build a $7.9-billion oilsands pipeline from Alberta to Kitimat, B.C., Kinder Morgan Canada had a 165-word paragraph that examined the economic benefits of a pipeline spill, a clause officials of the subsidiary of Texas-based Kinder Morgan said simply complied with NEB requirements, but Canadian officials disagreed, as did representatives of two other major pipeline companies in Canada.
Vancouver Sun; May 6

Colorado legislation says state is no longer open for tire disposal
Gov. John Hickenlooper said he will sign legislation that ends Colorado's subsidy for tire recyclers in 2018, another step in the state's march to end its role as the final resting place for 60 million of the 100 million scrap tires, but there are concerns that the end of the program will spur more illegal dumping of unwanted tires.
Denver Post; May 6

Energy company drops its plan to drill in path of Alberta city
Goldenkey Oil Inc. is walking away from its plan to drill three exploratory wells in southern Alberta within the footprint of growing Lethbridge after a protracted, two-year battle with residents over the plan.
Toronto Globe and Mail; May 4

Colorado bill's demise moves issue of drilling control to November elections
With Colorado's legislative session set to end Wednesday, and the failure of lawmakers to negotiate legislation that could have quelled nearly a dozen ballot initiatives around the state seeking more local control of drilling, the stage is set for an active campaign season pitting oil and gas companies against environmental groups.
Denver Post; May 6

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