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Opponents of wolf hunts in Idaho, Montana end appeals
Wildlife and environmental groups that lost two previous challenges of the decision to remove wolves from the federal endangered species list, which led to Montana and Wyoming opening up wolf hunts, declined to pursue further appeals.
Idaho Statesman (AP); June 15
Wyoming oil, gas official resigns
Tom Doll, the supervisor of the Wyoming State Oil and Gas Conservation Commission who came under fire last week for saying that he believed some residents of Pavillion who said their water had been contaminated by drilling operations were motivated by greed, has resigned.
Casper Star-Tribune; June 15
USFS chief: Current wildfires spur need for restoration work
U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said the wildfires burning in New Mexico and Colorado prove that it's time to aggressively work to restore the nation's forests.
Denver Post (AP); June 15
Colorado judge rules uranium mill permit invalid
Denver District Judge John McMullen said that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment violated the law when it issued a license to Energy Fuels Resources to operate a uranium mill in Montrose County and his decision invalidated that license.
Denver Post; June 15
Canadian government rebrands oilsands development
Internal documents from the federal government indicate that Canada is moving away from its pledge for "environmentally sustainable development" of Alberta's oilsands and is now instead pursuing "environmentally responsible" development.
Edmonton Journal (Postmedia); June 15
Federal government to announce deal to protect 90,000 acres in Colorado
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will announce today a deal with Louis Bacon, a billionaire, hedge-fund manager, to put a conservation easement on 90,000 acres Bacon owns in Colorado's San Luis Valley.
Denver Post; June 15
Colorado Common Cause releases records on counties' oil shale meeting
When Garfield County commissioners traveled to Vernal, Utah, to meet with county officials from Utah and Wyoming to discuss the federal government's decision to reduce the amount of federal lands available for oilshale research projects, the Colorado county commissioners said the meeting was informational only, but Colorado Common Cause said documents obtained by the watchdog group prove that it was much more than that.
Post Independent (Glenwood Springs); June 15
BuRec, Colorado agencies agree to increase Colorado River releases
The Colorado River District, Denver Water and the Bureau of Reclamation are working together to increase releases from reservoirs into the Colorado River this year due to historically low spring runoff.
Summit Daily News; June 15
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