Rockies Today, Jan. 9




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Montana FWP says it will oppose federal protection of wolverines
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to propose listing the wolverine as a threatened species next week, a decision that Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials said they'll oppose because the state has a healthy population of the elusive member of the weasel family.
Flathead Beacon (AP); Jan. 9

Wyoming study targets pathogen that is killing bighorn sheep
Several bighorn sheep from the herd on the National Elk Refuge in Wyoming have already died from pneumonia this year, and Wyoming Game and Fish Department employees are darting and collaring others in the herd to see if the pathogen Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae makes the sheep more likely to die of pneumonia.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; Jan. 9

TransCanada selected to build 466-mile B.C. natural-gas pipeline
Progress Energy Canada Ltd. has selected Alberta-based TransCanada to design, build and operate the $5-billion Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project in British Columbia to move natural gas from an area near Fort St. John to the Pacific Northwest LNG export facility in Port Edward near Prince Rupert, for export to Asian markets.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Jan. 9

Alberta oil producer to increase shipments by rail by 4,000 barrels a day
Cenovus Energy Inc., an Alberta oilsands producer, announced that it would increase shipments by rail this year from the current 6,000 barrels per day to 10,000 barrels per day to ease pricing problems caused by a pipeline bottleneck.
Calgary Herald; Jan. 9

Australian company buys Alberta coal resources near Crowsnest Pass
Devon Energy and Consol Energy sold their portfolios of coal assets in the Crowsnest Pass area of Alberta to Australia-based Riversdale Resources for $49.5 million U.S., and Riversdale officials said the company plans to develop metallurgical coal resources to export to Asian steel producers.
Calgary Herald; Jan. 9

Alberta's high wages in energy fields draws workers from U.S.
The energy boom in Alberta has created a shortage of electricians, boilermakers, plumbers and pipefitters, carpenters and structural steelworkers in the province, and companies are increasingly seeking U.S. workers to fill the gap, and with jobs in those fields in the Canadian province paying anywhere from 70% to 136% higher than median wages in the United States, luring workers north is easier.
Toronto Financial Post; Jan. 7

Groups asks USDA to re-evaluate program to eradicate tamarisk
River guides on the Colorado River where it flows through Canyonlands National Park in Utah are used to answering questions about the dying tamarisk along the river, but the federal program that released tamarisk leaf beetles on the non-native, water-hogging species is under attack itself by groups that say the eradication of tamarisk is affecting river ecosystems.
Salt Lake Tribune; Jan. 9

BLM releases scoping document on Nevada wild horse sanctuary
The Bureau of Land Management will use the 228-page scoping report issued Tuesday to examine the issues related to the establishment of a wild horse ecosanctuary in northeastern Nevada.
Denver Post (AP); Jan. 9

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