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Alberta oilsands create surge of manufacturing in the province
Manufacturing in Canada isn't dead, but it has moved west to Alberta, where plants are busy churning out the pipes and other prefabricated modules needed in oilsands work.
Toronto Globe and Mail; March 6
Montana county adopts predator policy
The Ravalli County Commission voted to approve a policy on managing wolves, mountain lions and bears in the Montana county, and urged cooperation with the state Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
Bill to double bounties on coyotes in Utah passes Senate, heads to House
The Utah Senate voted 23-5 to pass Sen. Ralph Okerlund's Mule Deer Protection Act, which would raise the bounty for coyotes from $20 in most counties to $50, and the bill now moves to the state House for action.
Salt Lake Tribune; March 6
Cotter Corp. reroutes Colorado creek tainted with uranium
In an effort to stop the flow of water from its closed uranium mine in Colorado, Cotter Corp. has installed a temporary pipeline to reroute a creek and keep the water from flowing through tailings from the mine.
Montana man patents 'smart' bear trap
Last week, East Missoula resident Ryan Alter received the patent for his remote-controlled bear trap that can send information about the trapped animal to wildlife officials and allow them to remotely release the animal, and he'll be able to showcase his invention at the upcoming Human-Bear Conflicts Workshopin Missoula sponsored by the University of Montana College of Forestry and Conservation.
Last of megaloads begin trip from Idaho through Montana to Alberta
Imperial Oil/Exxon Mobil's plan to move massive pieces of equipment manufactured in South Korea and shipped to Idaho's Port of Lewiston for transport to Alberta via truck through Idaho and Montana sparked protests and lawsuits that resulted in the shipments being cut down in size and rerouted via interstates, and the final two of the shipments are on the move.
Wyoming reports first ozone action days for the year in Green River basin
Trapped air above the Upper Green River Basin pushed ozone levels near the federal limit of 75 parts per billion, prompting the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality to issue the first "ozone action alerts" of the year, which require energy operations to take steps to curb emissions.
Casper Star-Tribune; March 6
Alberta government promises transparency on hydraulic fracturing policies
Andy Ridge, the water policy director for Alberta Environment and Water, pledged to work with the Energy Resources Conservation Board to ensure that Albertans get complete information about the drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, which is currently being used in approximately 170,000 sites across the province.
Edmonton Journal; March 6
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