The Rockies Today, May 7

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Top news links, courtesy of Mountain West News.

Federal rule requires disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing
On Friday, the Interior Department released new regulations for the use of hydraulic fracturing on federal and tribal lands that will require the disclosure of the use of chemicals used in the drilling method, setting the clock ticking on a 60-day public comment period.
Flathead Beacon (AP); May 4

Colorado joins federal study of air quality near oil, gas development
This summer researchers will fan out across the nation to collect air quality data near oil and gas operations, and Colorado is among the states where data will be gathered.
Denver Post; May 6

Drilling boom stretches Colorado's regulatory agencies thin
There are currently 47,000 active oil and gas wells in Colorado, but the state has just 17 inspectors to monitor those well.
NPR.org; May 7

Colorado county, communities at odds on federal oilshale plans
The Garfield County Commission has blasted the Bureau of Land Management for what the Colorado county calls an obstructionist route for the development of oilshale resources in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah, but three communities within that county: Rifle, New Castle and Carbondale, have all asked the BLM to take the most restrictive approach to such development.
Aspen Times (Post Independent); May 6

Alberta company raising funds for oilsands work on Utah SITLA lands
Calgary-based U.S. Oil Sands is offering a share inducement until May 17 for investment in its project on Utah school trust lands to develop oilsands resources using a citrus-based solvent.
Durango Herald (AP); May 5

Utah counties sue U.S. BLM over ownership of roads on federal lands
As of late Friday, 10 counties in Utah had filed lawsuit against the federal Bureau of Land Management seeking control of roads that cross federal lands, and 12 more counties plan to follow suit early this week.
Deseret News; May 5

Montana FWP Commission to consider slate of wolf hunt changes
On Thursday, the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission will consider changes to the state's wolf hunt regulations, including adding trapping to the mix, allowing hunters to take three wolves, eliminating quotas and extending the season.
Missoulian (Helena Independent Record); May 6

Idaho farmers plead with federal government for more foreign workers
U.S. senators from Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming, Florida and Ohio have asked the Department of Labor to expand and streamline the H2-A visa program, which allows farmers and ranchers to hire temporary foreign workers.
Idaho Statesman; May 6

Aging infrastructure, declining populations squeeze Idaho's smallest towns
Minturn, a town with 112 residents, exemplifies the struggle Idaho's smallest communities are facing: Declining populations, decreasing tax revenues and looming infrastructure needs.
Twin Falls Times-News; May 6

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