Monday, June 2, 2014

Rockies Today, June 2

Posted By on Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 11:52 AM

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U.S. releases plan to curb carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants
On Monday, the Obama administration released its plan to cut carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.
New York Times; June 2

Energy Journal takes an in-depth look into Wyoming's coal industry
The Casper Star-Tribune's monthly Energy Journal for June is dedicated to the state's coal industry, beginning with a primer on the Powder River Basin coal deposits.
Casper Star-Tribune; June 2

Alberta, Canada file charges over 2012 spill into Red Deer River
Nearly two years after the June 7, 2012 spill from Plains Midstream Canada ULC's Rangeland pipeline that released 2,900 barrels of sour crude oil into the Red Deer River, both Canada and Alberta filed charges against the company.
Calgary Herald; June 2

Scant info on oil, gas operations' effect on human health
As oil and gas drilling operations move into more Front Range communities in Colorado, residents of those communities, as well as those who live around the 14 other oilshale plays in the United States, raise concerns about how those operations could affect their health, and there's little scientific data available.
Denver Post; June 2

Process learned in biofuel industry used to create household soaps
Synthetic biology, the process of artificially modifying the DNA of algae, bacteria, fungi and other organisms into producing substances they would not otherwise produce, is now being applied to making household soaps.
New York Times; May 30

Utah-based company seeks more time to build Wyoming wind farm
Wasatch Wind had a May 18 deadline to provide the Wyoming Industrial Siting Council with information proving the Utah company had the financial wherewithal to build its proposed 46-turbine Pioneer Wind Park near Glenrock, but on May 20, the company requested that the financial deadline be extended to April 2015, and the deadline to break ground on the wind farm extended to August 2015.
Casper Star-Tribune; June 1

Geologists predict a more 'dynamic' topography in Colorado
The massive landslide on Colorado's Grand Mesa was just one of the 1,300 geologists in the state have monitored over the past year, and they said that the state's heavy snowpack as well as an increase in microburst storms that dump heavy amounts of rain in short periods of time have put the state in a cycle of such landslides.
Denver Post; June 2

Wild horse advocates urge federal court to dismiss Nevada lawsuit
Federal judges have more often than not ruled against wild-horse advocacy groups in lawsuits against the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, because the courts did not have the authority to override the BLM's expertise, and now those wild-horse groups are urging a federal judge in Nevada to abide by those previous rulings and toss out the lawsuit filed by the Nevada Farm Bureau Federation and Nevada Association of Counties that seeks to force the BLM to remove more wild horses from the state.
Idaho Statesman (AP); June 2

Colorado's workforce going to the millennials
Within the next six years, millennials, those workers born after 1980, will represent 40 percent of workers in Colorado, and corporations are making changes to attract the brightest of those workers.
Denver Post; June 2

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