The Rockies Today, Oct. 26



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SMU releases new map of geothermal resources in the U.S. funded a study by Southern Methodist University's Geothermal Laboratory that resulted in a new map of the nation's geothermal resources that have the potential to produce more than 3 million megawatts of power, about 10 times that currently produced by coal-fired power plants in the U.S.; Oct. 26

Hearing today in lawsuit over Montana's plan that lets Yellowstone bison roam
Park County and the Park County Stockgrowers filed a lawsuit to overturn a deal signed earlier this year between Montana and federal agencies and several tribes, that allows bison to move freely out of Yellowstone National Park onto some lands in the Gallatin Basin during the winter, and today in Livingston, state District Court Judge Wayne Phillips will preside over an initial hearing in that lawsuit.
Great Falls Tribune (AP); Oct. 26

British Columbia's ban on uranium mining takes companies by surprise
British Columbia put a moratorium on uranium mining in the Canadian province in 1980, but that moratorium expired in 1987, and when uranium prices more than doubled in recent years, companies began to rework their mining plans, but on Tuesday, the province announced an official ban on such mining.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Oct. 26

Colorado board recommends approval of May Day gold mine plan
The Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety has recommended that Wildcat Mining Corp. be given a condition permit to reopen the historic May Day gold and silver mining complex near Hesperus, and a final hearing on the conditional permit is set for Nov. 9-10 in Denver.
Durango Herald; Oct. 26

Colorado lawmaker: Diesel fuel used in 'fracking' underestimated
California U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman, the ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, along with Colorado U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette and Massachusetts Congressman Edward J. Markey, sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, indicating that companies had underestimated the amount of diesel fuel used in hydraulic fracturing drilling operations between 2005 and 2009 by 500,000 gallons.
Los Angeles Times; Oct. 26

Utah, U.S. officials meet on state's enforcement-only immigration law
State Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and other top Utah officials met with U.S. Justice lawyers on Tuesday, and following that meeting, Shurtleff said he was confident that the federal government would not intervene in a lawsuit challenging the state's enforcement-only immigration law.
Salt Lake Tribune; Oct. 26

Montana county learns Stimson mill cleanup out of its hands
Missoula County officials expressed concerns about Montana's plan to leave 37,000 cubic yards of soil contaminated with PCB's at the former Stimson Lumber Co.'s millsite in Bonner, but state Department of Environmental Quality officials said disposing of and capping the contaminated dirt on site met cleanup guidelines and there was little the state could to to demand a more expensive remedy.
Missoulian; Oct. 26

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