The Rockies Today, June 13



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Going-to-the-Sun Road in Montana national park won't open June 15th
Late snows and continuing avalanches have impeded crews trying to clear the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park in Montana, pushing the planned opening date back a few days.
Missoulian; June 13

Oilsands consortium tests new extraction method
Florida-based Harris Corp. has teamed up with Nexen Inc., Suncor Energy Inc., and privately held Laricina Energy Ltd. to test a new method of extracting bitumen that would address the issues of water use, high costs and greenhouse gas emissions of conventional methods of extractions.
Toronto Globe and Mail; June 13

Coal-generated power in U.S. at lowest level on record
Four years ago, half the power generated in the United States came from burning coal, but now only 40 percent of the nation's power is generated by coal, and predictions are that, within the next eight years, coal's share of power generation in the U.S. will likely fall to 30 percent.
Calgary Herald (AP); June 13

U.S. Chamber president: Canada's energy exports to Asia helps America
During a speech in Montreal, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue said expanding Canada's energy export market to Asia would benefit both Canada and the U.S.
Edmonton Journal; June 13

Colorado senator launches campaign to extend wind tax credits
On Tuesday, Colorado U.S. Sen. Mark Udall made the first of what he said will be daily speeches on the importance of extending the federal wind power tax credit, reminding his colleagues of the thousands of jobs in the wind industry that could be lost if the tax credit isn't extended.
Pueblo Chieftain; June 13

Nineteen large wildfires are burning in nine states
More than 200 structures, including homes, have been burned by the 56-square-mile Little Bear Fire in southern New Mexico, and the High Park Fire in Colorado has burned across 73 square miles.
Deseret News (AP); June 13

Officials to release some info on homes burned by Colorado wildfire
Some Larimer County landowners will learn if their homes survived the High Park Fire today, as fire officials plan to release some information on structure damage caused by what is now Colorado's third-largest wildfire.
Denver Post; June 13

Utah lake is draining through breach in dike
Navajo Lake, a popular place for boating, swimming and fishing in southern Utah, is draining at the rate of about a foot a month because of a 50-foot breach in the dike, and officials believe the lake will be completely dried up by this fall.
Deseret News; June 13

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