Rockies Today, Feb. 27

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Montana DEQ to start cleaning up 43 miles of Clark Fork riverfront
At a meeting tonight in Deer Lodge, representatives of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality will lay out plans to start removing mining waste from the initial 1.6 mile stretch of the Clark Fork River, and provide details on the plans to complete that removal along 43 miles of the river's banks.
Montana Standard; Feb. 27

Yellowstone Park superintendent praised for work on winter-use plan
Both snowmobiling and conservation groups said Yellowstone National Park Superintendent's Dan Wenk evenhanded approach helped craft a balanced winter-use plan.
YellowstoneGate.com; Feb. 22

Alberta board has pipeline company under highest level of oversight
A report issued Tuesday by the Energy Resources Conservation Board on the 2011 spill from Plains Midstream Canada's oil pipeline in northern Alberta was sharply critical of the company's attention to the condition of the pipeline, its response to the spill and its lack of communication with residents and authorities about the spill.
Edmonton Journal; Feb. 27

Colorado consultant urges Alberta energy companies to hire U.S. veterans
Rick Grice has already helped oil and gas companies in the United States to tap the expertise of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and on Tuesday, the Denver-based consultant met with about a dozen Alberta-based companies to extol the benefits of hiring U.S. veterans.
Calgary Herald; Feb. 27

Wyoming legislators approve changes to eminent-domain law
The Wyoming Senate appointed a conference committee to try to work out the differences between the bill passed in the Senate that reworks the state's eminent domain law and the one approved by the House on Tuesday, which would require energy companies to pay some legal costs of landowners in eminent domain disputes.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); Feb. 27

NPS's winter-use plan for Yellowstone Park strikes balance
Under the National Park Service's latest winter-use plan proposed for Yellowstone National Park, 50 snowmobile groups and 60 snow coaches will be allowed through the park each day.
Washington Post; Feb. 22

Alton Coal takes legal-fees fight before Utah Board of Oil, Gas and Mining
After a long battle against its proposed strip coal mine on private lands near Bryce Canyon National Park that culminated in Alton Coal winning the fight before the Utah Supreme Court, the coal company is now asking the Board of Oil, Gas and Mining to change its stance on awarding legal costs only in cases brought in "bad faith," and the BOGM will take up that request at a hearing today.
Salt Lake Tribune; Feb. 27

Denver beats out Phoenix, Salt Lake City for On Deck Capital office
On Tuesday, Gov. John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced that On Deck Capital would locate its regional office in downtown Denver, bringing 200 jobs that pay an average yearly wage of $63,000 to the Colorado city over the next two years.
Denver Post; Feb. 27

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