Federal appeals court issues mixed decision on BLM plan in Montana
The ruling issued Wednesday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed most of the Bureau of Land Management's plan for the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, but did find the agency violated the National Historic Preservation Act, which means the BLM will have to study if roads, ways and airstrips affect cultural and historical sites.
Great Falls Tribune; Aug. 1
U.S. House panel advances Restoring Healthy Forests bill
On Wednesday, the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee voted to send the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act, including two amendments by Montana U.S. Rep. Steve Daines addressing logging projects on U.S. Forest Service lands adjacent to tribal lands and another giving the agency more authority to deny appeals of projects approved under the categorical exclusion rule.
Missoulian; Aug. 1
Washington state to expand focus of coal-export terminal plan
The Washington Department of Ecology announced Wednesday that it would expand its environmental review of a proposed coal-export terminal near Bellingham to include the states from which the coal is shipped, the states through which the coal is shipped, and to Asia, where the coal will be burned.
Seattle Times; Aug. 1
TransCanada to press forward with west-to-east oil pipeline
With the Keystone XL pipeline project to ship Alberta oil south to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast stalled, and opposition strong to Enbridge Inc.'s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline to move Alberta oil west through British Columbia, TransCanada Corp. is proceeding with its $12-billion project to move Alberta oil east and build a deep-water export terminal off Saint John, N.B. to expand exports to Asia.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Aug. 1
Colorado congressman's Healthy Forest's bill approved by House panel
Colorado U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton's Healthy Forest Management and Wildfire Prevention Act was combined with Washington state U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings's Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act and approved by the House Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday, and sent to the U.S. House.
Durango Herald; Aug. 1
Study: Small fish may help save sage grouse in Wyoming
Canadian graduate student Ryan Watchorn is taking careful count of mosquito larvae in stock ponds in northeast Wyoming to determine how many larvae fathead minnows in those ponds eat, and to see if the minnows could survive in "real-world" conditions to help reduce the mosquitoes that spread the West Nile virus, a culprit in the decline of sage grouse numbers in the West.
Casper Star-Tribune; Aug. 1
EPA, Chevron settle charges over Utah refinery's emissions
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday that Chevron has agreed to pay $384,000 in fines to settle charges that its refinery in Salt Lake City had violated numerous provisions of the federal Clean Air Act, and will also purchase four compressed natural-gas school buses for the Jordan School District.
Salt Lake Tribune; Aug. 1
Beekeepers around the world report catastrophic losses
Last winter, U.S. beekeepers reported a 31 percent loss of their hives, in Canada, the loss was 21 percent, and in Britain, 50 percent of hives were lost, and while there is considerable disagreement about what's causing the loss, there is a united voice on the need for immediate research to find out what's happening to the world's pollinators and how to save them.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Aug. 1
Navajo Nation signs on in support of N.M. equine slaughterhouse
After former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and actor and director Robert Redford spoke out against Valley Meat Co.'s plan to slaughter and process horse meat at its plant in Roswell, Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly sent a letter to federal officials supporting Valley Meat Co., citing the environmental impacts of having 75,000 feral horses drinking diminishing water supplies and foraging on the nation's drought-stricken ranges, aligning the Navajo Nation with the National Congress of American Indians, which is also lobbying in support of Valley Meat Co.
Santa Fe New Mexican (AP); Aug. 1
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