The Rockies Today, Nov. 4



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Interior Department report lists 101 'priority' conservation projects
As part of the Obama administration's America’s Great Outdoors Initiative, representatives of all 50 states were asked to identify projects in which the federal government could help complete, and a new report listed the 101 projects, two in each state and one in Washington, D.C., with the Fort Missoula Regional Park and the Crown of the Continent making the list for Montana.
Helena Independent Record (AP); Nov. 4

Montana DOT posts notice of movement of 300 oversized loads
The Montana Department of Transportation posted a notice that it had received an application from Imperial Oil to move 300 oversized loads of equipment over Interstates 90 and 15 through the state, and that those loads may begin moving through the state Nov. 7.
Montana Standard; Nov. 4

Wildlife managers say birth-control drug just one of many tools
GonaCon, a birth control agent developed for use on wildlife, has been used to control urban deer populations in the Eastern United States, and the drug shows promise in helping curb populations of wild horses, bison and elk in the Western U.S.
Billings Gazette; Nov. 4

Idaho wind developers mull lawsuit against state
After the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission found that Idaho was wrong to put a deadline on wind-energy projects eligible for specific small-scale power contracts with utilities, several wind-power developers in the Burley area said they may pursue legal action against the state.
Idaho Statesman; Nov. 4

Utah legislators ask federal lawmakers to end federal gas tax
Legislators from Utah traveled to Washington, D.C., this week to show their support for HR1737, legislation co-sponsored by U.S. Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz, that would reduce the federal gas tax to just 2 cents per gallon.
Salt Lake Tribune; Nov. 4

Urban recycling centers in Denver mine cast-off electronics for gold
Two of the 31 plants certified to strip down electronics into recyclable metal components are in Colorado, but the state is not one of the 17 states that ban disposal of electronics in landfills, and the Colorado Association for Recycling will release draft legislation today to make such disposal illegal, a bill the group said will improve recycling rates.
Denver Post; Nov. 4

Energy-saving program in Colorado taps into humans' need to compete
Virginia-based Opower is running a pilot program with Xcel Energy in Colorado that provides consumers with real-time information on energy use, and how that use compares with their neighbors', and Boulder-based Simple Energy is launching a social-media campaign where customers compete on lowering their energy consumption, and win prizes to boot.
Denver Post; Nov. 4

EPA releases guidelines for its 'hydraulic fracturing' study
On Thursday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the outline of its study of the drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, with the effects of the large-volume water withdrawals needed for drilling, the impact of above-ground spills of the chemicals used in the process, and how the use of the drilling method has affected drinking water supplies in states where thousands of wells have been drilled in recent years using hydraulic fracturing.
Seattle Times (AP); Nov. 4

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