The Rockies Today, Sept. 30

Posted by Mountain West News on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 10:25 AM

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Winter use in Yellowstone NP will likely not change this year
Yellowstone National Park officials said some questions raised in the more the 59,000 public comments received on the park's proposed winter-use plan will delay adoption and implementation of a new plan this year, which means the current daily limit of 318 snowmobiles and 78 snow coaches will remain in place this winter season.
Jackson Hole Daily; Sept. 30

Interior Secretary seeks balance between conservation, energy work
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has been in the Rocky Mountain West this past week, stopping in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, where he stopped by an energy industry meeting in Vernal to urge attendees to support the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Denver Post; Sept. 30

Canadian union: TransCanada's permit for Keystone XL pipeline expired
The Communications, Energy, and Paperworkers Union, which represents Canadian oil refinery workers, said that the permit issued by the National Energy Board in April of 2010 to TransCanada for the Alberta leg of the Keystone XL pipeline, required construction to begin before March 11, 2011, and that the permit has now expired and TranCanada must begin the permitting process again, but the Calgary-based company said its work in Hardisty on tank foundations put the company in compliance with the permit.
Canada.com (PostMedia News); Sept. 30

Parks Canada, railway company seek ways to keep bears off tracks
At a symposium on Thursday, Parks Canada and Canada Pacific Railway officials met with researchers to discuss ways to keep bears off train tracks in Banff National Park, where at least a couple of grizzly bears die on the tracks each year.
Calgary Herald; Sept. 30

B.C. first nations sue Rio Tinto Alcan over hydroelectric dam
The Saik’uz and Stellat’en first nations filed a lawsuit in the British Columbia supreme court against Rio Tinto Alcan to increase releases from Kenney Dam, built decades ago in northwest British Columbia that provides hydroelectric power to Rio Tinto Alcan’s aluminum smelter in Kitimat.
Vancouver Sun; Sept. 30

Idaho chipmaker finishes year barely in the black
Micron Technology posted year-end profits the year that ended Sept. 1 of $167 million, much lower than the $1.85 billion reported in 2010, and officials of the Idaho-based computer memory chipmaker said a lack of demand for consumer goods that use Micron chips was to blame for the lower profits.
Idaho Statesman; Sept. 30

Wyoming commission declines to change rules for microbe gas
The Wyoming Oil and Gas Commission decided Thursday that there is no reason to change the state's existing rules on a process that uses microbes to increase production of natural gas in underground coal seams, and representatives of the two Colorado companies that are using such processes in Wyoming applauded the commission's decision.
Casper Star-Tribune; Sept. 30

Alberta launches campaign to expand wood exports to Asia
At the annual general meeting of the Alberta Forest Products Association Thursday, Alberta's Sustainable Resource Development Minister Mel Knight said with lumber exports to the U.S. continuing their downward trend, the province would follow British Columbia's lead and tap into growing Asian markets.
Edmonton Journal; Sept. 30

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