Rockies Today, Nov. 14

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Federal agency hosts meeting on Tongue River Railroad in Montana
On Tuesday, the third of 10 public meetings scheduled on the proposed Tongue River Railroad in Eastern Montana was held in Forsyth, where U.S. Surface Transportation Board personnel discussed the proposed routes the rail line would take to move coal from two places south of Ashland to Miles City, and gathered public input about the proposals.
Billings Gazette; Nov. 14

Group sues to force USFS to craft winter-use plan for national forests
Idaho-based Winter Wildlands Alliance will ask a federal district court judge to require national forest managers to prepare winter-use plans that limit where snowmobiles may be used on federal lands.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Nov. 14

Lawsuit seeks return of federal control over wolves in Wyoming
In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, a coalition of environmental groups asked a federal judge to rescind the transfer of federal control over wolves in Wyoming to the state and put the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in charge once again.
Casper Star-Tribune; Nov. 14

Scientists: Contaminants from Alberta oilsands travel further than believed
At an international toxicology conference in the U.S. today, a team of federal scientists will present their findings that contaminants from Alberta's oilsands have been found in lake bottoms 62 miles from the operations, and that, within 31 miles from the oilsands mines, snow is contaminated with a number of "priority pollutants" that includes a a neurotoxin that can make its way into foods.
Edmonton Journal (Postmedia); Nov. 14

Montana senator's 'sportsmen's bill' moves ahead in U.S. Senate
In the U.S. Senate's first roll call vote held since September, the Senate voted 92-5 to debate Montana U.S. Sen. Jon Tester's bill that contains 19 different pieces of legislation favorable to hunters and anglers.
Ravalli Republic (AP); Nov. 14

Utah congressmen say Canyonlands national monument a bad idea
U.S. Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz wasted no time in rejecting a proposal to designate 1.7 million acres of federal lands surrounding Canyonlands National Park a national monument, with Bishop calling the idea a "poster child" for why Utah is seeking more control over federal lands within its boarder.
Salt Lake Tribune; Nov. 13

Alberta makes it clear: Water sales to U.S. not on the table
At the Alberta Association of Municipal Counties and Districts convention in Edmonton on Tuesday, Environment and Sustainable Resource Minister Diana McQueen emphatically stated that Alberta would not be selling its water to interests outside the province.
Edmonton Journal; Nov. 14

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