Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Rockies Today, August 12

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Yellowstone Park officials recommend removing hundreds of bison
In order to keep bison from wandering out of Yellowstone National Park into Montana during the winter, park officials are recommending that 900 bison be removed.
Great Falls Tribune (AP); Aug. 12

Montana FWP to hold public hearings on wolf conservation stamp
The proposal to sell a $20 wolf stamp available for residents and nonresidents to help fund the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks' wolf management program has elicited more than 14,500 comments, with many hunters and trappers voicing concerns that the program could influence the state's management policy, and the agency plans to hold hearings around the state on the proposed stamp, including one Thursday in Helena.
Helena Independent Record; Aug. 12

B.C. Mines Minister: Mine breach not an environmental disaster
Bill Bennett, the minister of Mines in British Columbia, said that the collapse of a tailings pond was not an "environmental disaster," but rather similar to the thousands of avalanches that occur every year in the Canadian province, and Bennett pointed to the recent positive water quality tests.
Vancouver Sun; Aug. 11

For Southwest U.S. water users, focus is on Lake Mead
Fourteen years of drought have taken a toll on water levels in Lake Mead, one of the main reservoirs in the Colorado River system that provides water for 40 million people and four million acres of farmland, and last week, the federal government and water agencies in Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Los Angeles launched an $11 million pilot program to pay cities, farmers and industries to reduce water use.
New York Times; Aug. 12

Trigger points for policy changes on Lake Mead
The Associated Press provides a list of actions that will be taken if, and when, water levels in Lake Mead hit certain levels.
New York Times (AP); Aug. 12

Megaload to wend its way through NW Montana next week
The massive piece of refinery equipment that left Idaho's Port of Lewiston Sunday night is expected to arrive at the Montana-Idaho border next Sunday, and the Montana Department of Transportation has issued a permit for megaload to move along Highway 200 at night, where it's expected to take six or seven nights' of travel to reach Great Falls.
Missoulian; Aug. 12

Wyoming oil terminal loads its first unit train
Rail shipments of oil have been moving through the Swan Ranch rail hub outside of Cheyenne but this week the first unit train, a train made up of just oil tank cars, was loaded out of the hub in Wyoming, where two other terminals of its kind are currently loading out unit trains of oil, and a fourth is expected to be able to load unit trains by the first of next year.
Casper Star-Tribune; Aug. 12

Navajo Nation wants same standing in energy development as states
As part of the federal government's continued meetings on energy development, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz were in New Mexico recently, and at that meeting Navajo Nation Ben Shelly urged that tribes be treated as equals with states in developing energy policy.
Durango Herald (AP); Aug. 12

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