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Researchers question efforts to reclaim Alberta oilsands lands
Companies have spent millions of dollars to reclaim wetlands in Alberta that were scraped for oilsands, and company officials are confident that the lands can be returned to pre-mining condition, but researchers who have been studying those reclamation projects are questioning the effectiveness.
Toronto Globe and Mail (Canadian Press); March 11
Western provinces ask for immigration authority to ease worker shortage
Plagued with shortages of skilled workers, the premiers of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan are urging Ottawa to give them some immigration authority.
Toronto Globe and Mail; March 12
Differences in U.S. gasoline prices driven by proximity to refineries
Energy markets are at once both international and local, and in the United States, residents who live closest to refineries are paying considerably less per gallon than those who live farther away.
New York Times; March 12
Keystone XL pipeline will expand Canada's oil exports overseas
TransCanada officials and energy analysts agree that construction of the Keystone XL pipeline will allow Canadian oil companies to get more for their product, which will raise prices for U.S. consumers, and that the pipeline is needed only to allow those Canadian companies to expand their export market overseas.
Christian Science Monitor; March 12
B.C. opponents to Gateway West pipeline project to testify in Ottawa tonight
At a panel discussion tonight in Ottawa, residents of communities in northern British Columbia, members of First Nation bands and representatives of commercial fishing and tourism businesses in the province will lay out their reasons why they do not want Enbridge to build the Gateway West pipeline from Alberta's oilsands country across B.C. to a port at Kitimat. Edmonton Journal (Postmedia News); March 11
Conference explores effect of increased coal train traffic in Montana city
A trio of groups hosted a two-day conference last Friday and Saturday to examine how the city of Billings would be affected by a marked increase of coal-train traffic through the city if Powder River Basin coal is shipped through the Montana city on the way to ports on the West Coast.
Billings Gazette; March 11
BLM to host public meetings in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming on oilshale projects
Bureau of Land Management officials will hold public meetings on oilshale development in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming this week, with the first meeting scheduled for Silt, Colo., on Monday, followed by meetings in Utah on Tuesday in Vernal and Wednesday in Salt Lake City, and ending in Wyoming on Thursday in Rock Springs.
Salt Lake Tribune; March 12
Research program matches up scientists, outdoor adventurers
Gregg Treinish founded Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, a program to match up researchers and outdoor athletes who trek into areas those researchers are seeking data, and a wolverine study in Montana is one project using such citizen scientists.New York Times; March 12
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