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GAO report tracks pollution from West's power plants
Government Accountability Office report says power plants in the West have some of the highest nitrous oxide emissions in the nation, with power plants in Utah, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado and Montana all in the top 11 for such emissions.
Salt Lake Tribune; May 25
Algae blooms early on the Bighorn River in Montana, Wyoming
The Bighorn River, which flows from northern Wyoming into south-central Montana, usually experiences an algae bloom in the summer, but this year, the green goo is making life difficult for irrigators and anglers much earlier.
Billings Gazette; May 25
Analyst: Alberta may need to process its own oil
At an energy forum in Edmonton Thursday, Robert Johnston, director of global energy and natural resources for the Eurasia Group, said Alberta may have to upgrade its own oil so it may be more easily shipped to Asia and Latin America, where most of its crude processed in the United States is already exported.
Edmonton Journal; May 25
Powder River Basin in Wyoming experiences an oil boom, too
The southern Powder River Basin in Wyoming is known for its coal resources, but there's an oil boom going on in the area as well.
Casper Star-Tribune; May 25
Montana county hosts hearing on citizens' natural resource plan
The Ravalli County Commission's meeting on Thursday took public comment on a 44-page plan developed by a group of residents on management of natural resources within the Montana county.
Ravalli Republic; May 25
Group offers to buy leases on Wyoming Range from oil company
Citizens for the Wyoming Range, formed to fight against natural-gas drilling in the Noble Basin near Bondurant, has offered to buy the leases from Texas-based Plains Exploration and Production Co., and the group is waging an email campaign to try to convince the company to sell those leases.
Casper Star-Tribune; May 25
Hecla to begin rehiring workers for Idaho silver mine
The Lucky Friday Mine in Idaho was shut down by federal officials after a series of incidents, including two worker deaths, but safety work is nearly done, and Hecla Mining Co. officials said they are ready to start rehiring workers to get the mine back in production by year's end, and the company is considering reopening the Star Morning Mine in the Silver Valley.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; May 25
USFS says Colorado wildfire fight cost $2.9 million
Now that the Hewlett Gulch Wildfire that burned 7,600 acres northwest of Fort Collins in Colorado is out, concerns have shifted to remediating the area, with particular attention being paid to the watershed of the Cache la Poudre River, which provides drinking water to Greeley and Fort Collins.
Denver Post; May 25
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