The Rockies Today, April 11

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Montana, Wyoming, federal groups meet to discuss Big Horn River issues
Experts from federal agencies, as well as Montana and Wyoming, gathered on Tuesday in Lovell to discuss issues on the Big Horn River that included addressing sediment levels in side streams down river from Yellowtail Dam.
Casper Star-Tribune; April 11

Colorado governor says self-discipline key in water conservation
Speaking at Colorado College's 2012 State of the Rockies Conference in Colorado Springs on Tuesday, Gov. John Hickenlooper said the United States needs to learn from cities and countries around the world whose residents use far less water per capita than U.S. citizens.
Denver Post; April 11

USGS releases another installment of Idaho aquifer study
The U.S. Geological Survey is conducting a multi-year study of the aquifer under Idaho's Wood River Valley, and on Tuesday, the agency released its findings on the quantity of water and the size of the aquifer, as well as how much water flows underground from the Wood River Valley into the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer.
Twin Falls Times-News; April 7

Unconventional sources of energy lead production in the U.S.
Production of energy from unconventional sources, such as shale gas and oilsands, has surged in the U.S. and Canada, making North America an international leader in energy, and is predicted to make widespread changes in the U.S. from energy policy to what people drive. An indepth examination of the U.S. energy industry.
New York Times; April 11

B.C. study examines potential link between energy production, earthquakes
The British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission is expected to complete its study of seismic activity prompted by an uptick in earthquakes in the northeast corner of the province between 2009 and 2011, but next week, the U.S. Geological Survey will release the results of its study that links the method of disposing of discharge water from energy work into deep wells to an increase in earthquakes.
Calgary Herald; April 11

Canada's natural gas producers face credit crunch due to declining prices
Banks are putting the squeeze on credit extended to natural gas producers as prices for their product continue to decline, with Alberta-based Compton Petroleum Corp. the first to fall to a lack of credit.
Calgary Herald; April 11

Overseas demand pushes U.S. coal production to highest level since 1991
While domestic demand for coal in the United States has fallen by nearly 20 percent in recent years, the export market is booming, with the volume exported more than double it was six years ago.
Ravalli Republic (AP); April 11

Study finds gender wage-gap largest in some Western states
Idaho's gender wage-gap has been confirmed by yet another study, with the American Association of University Women's tracking state-by-state of the gender gap that found Idaho ranked 43rd in the nation with women earning 75 percent of what men were paid for an equivalent position; Montana ranked 46th (73%); Utah ranked 49th (69%); and Wyoming 51st (64%). California ranked best in the West at 3rd (84%); Nevada ranked third (83%); and Arizona 8th (82%).
Idaho State Impact (NPR); April 11

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