Rockies Today, Sept. 17

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Industry execs say E. Montana oil communities need government help
At the Montana Economic Development Summit in Butte on Monday, representatives of the engineering, oil and construction industries said that in order to keep the Bakken oil development sustainable, the communities in Eastern Montana need government help in building out infrastructure for needed housing and schools, as well as higher education programs to train workers needed.
Montana Standard; Sept. 17

CEOs discuss job growth at Montana economic summit
On day one of the two-day Montana Economic Development Summit, thousands of attendees listened to top executives from Delta, FedEx, Facebook, Google and SpaceX and Tesla Motors talk about their experiences and what they believed would help propel job creation in the Big Sky State.
Montana Standard (Lee State Bureau); Sept. 17

Report tracks wildfires' effect on SW Idaho forests in past 30 years
The Idaho Conservation League released a report that said 69 percent of the Payette National Forest and more than 50 percent of the Boise National Forest have burned since 1985, and most of the wildfires were not considered severe.
Idaho Statesman; Sept. 17

Colorado oil, industry begins work on evaluating flood damage
The first step the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is taking to assess the damage done by flooding is to map each and every well and operation, and then move on from there, and with more than 20,000 wells in the Denver-Julesburg basin, the richest oil basin in the state, there is much work to be done.
Denver Post; Sept. 17

As weather clears, rescue operations ramp up in Colorado
The death toll from flooding in Colorado rose to eight, after an 83-year-old man was swept away after a creek bank gave way, and officials along the Front Range are now assessing the damage done by days of flooding, with lost homes counted in the tens of thousands, thousands of miles of roads washed out or damaged, and hundreds of bridges affected.
Denver Post; Sept. 17

Confusion over states' marijuana laws result in citations on federal lands
Visitors to national forests, parks and other federal lands in Colorado and Washington state are finding that marijuana use is still illegal, and will result in citations.
Salt Lake Tribune (AP); Sept. 17

Protests filed on BLM parcels in Utah's San Rafael Swell
The Bureau of Land Management plans to auction 82 parcels in Utah's San Rafael Swell on Nov. 19, but an administrative protest filed said that energy development on those parcels will cause environmental harm and the Hopi Tribe said additional analysis of the parcels must be done to protect culturally significant sites.
Salt Lake Tribune; Sept. 17

Canadian official: U.S. dependence on coal worse threat than oilsands
At a speech at an energy conference in New York City on Monday, Canadian Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver said that the U.S.'s continued dependence on coal-fired power was more of a climate threat than oilsands operations in his country, and that Canada had already taken steps to regulate emissions from coal-fired power plants and was poised to impose similar regulations on its oil and gas industry.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Sept. 17

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