Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Rockies Today, September 9

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Wyoming, others appeal Oregon's decision to reject coal terminal plan
After the Oregon Department of State Lands rejected the application of Ambre Energy to build a coal-export terminal at the Port of Morrow, the state of Wyoming, the Port of Morrow and Coyote Island Terminal LLC, an Ambre Energy subsidiary, all filed appeals, and state lands officials believe more may be forthcoming.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); Sept. 9

Ski Utah releases more details on One Wasatch plan
Opponents of Ski Utah's plan to connect the seven Wasatch Mountain ski resorts through a series of strategically located lifts said the new details released today on where the lifts would be located did little to ease their objections.
Salt Lake Tribune; Sept. 9

Colorado governor names 19 members to drilling task force
As part of the compromise that led to the dropping of four separate ballot issues on regulating oil and gas drilling operations in Colorado, Gov. John Hickenlooper agreed to put together a task force to address drilling disputes between oil and gas companies and the communities in which they operate, and on Monday he named the 19 members of the task force.
Denver Post; Sept. 9

Audubon Society report tracks climate change's effect on birds
A report issued Monday by the Audubon Society said that a changing climate will affect the habitat of half the bird species in North America over the next 65 years, and if the species are unable to adapt, they may go extinct. Editor's note: The article has an interactive graphic showing where birds may fly to find more suitable habitat.
New York Times; Sept. 9

Groups file notice of lawsuit to stop Wildlife Services' predator control work
The Center for Biological Diversity, the Western Watersheds Project, WildEarth Guardians and Friends of the Clearwater put the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services on notice that they intend to sue the agency that killed 3,300 mammals in Idaho last year, primarily coyotes, to stop such predator control work until an analysis on how such work affects other species is completed.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; Sept. 9

First of 3 regional parks takes shape in Utah's Salt Lake County
Using funding from a $47-million bond initiative approved by Salt Lake County voters in 2012, three regional parks are planned for the Utah county, and on Monday, work commenced on the 62-acre Lodestone Regional Park, which will have a perimeter walking path, playing fields and ball diamonds, pickleball, tennis and basketball courts, pavilions and playgrounds.
Salt Lake Tribune; Sept. 9

Sales of existing homes in Alberta city on pace to bust 2007 record
The Calgary Real Estate Board reports that sales of existing homes in the Alberta city this year could break the $11.3 billion record set during the housing boom in 2007.
Calgary Herald; Sept. 9

Canadian communities prepare for EnergyEast pipeline process
TransCanada Corp.'s $12-billion Energy East pipeline is one of the largest infrastructure projects in Canada's history, crossing six provinces in its 2,858-mile path from Hardisty, Alberta to refineries in Qu├ębec and New Brunswick, and communities along the pipeline's path are poised to file for interventor status once the company files its application for the project with the National Energy Board.
Calgary Herald (Canadian Press); Sept. 9

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