Rockies Today, April 11

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Montana state court decision puts Montanore Minerals mine on hold
Spokane-based Mines Management Inc. said it has appealed to the Montana Supreme Court a Lincoln County District Court ruling that said Montanore Minerals, a subsidiary of Mines Management Inc., cannot use sections of its adit for its planned underground silver and copper mine in Northwest Montana, because those sections are owned by other parties.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; April 11

U.S. Senate confirms Jewell as Interior secretary
On an 87-to-11 vote on Wednesday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Sally Jewell as Interior secretary.
Washington Post; April 11

Wyoming senators among 11 who voted against Jewell's confirmation
Wyoming U.S. Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso were among the 11 senators who did not vote to confirm Sally Jewell as the new Interior secretary.
Casper Star-Tribune; April 11

EPA asks Encana to provide more info on Wyoming reinjection well
Encana Oil and Gas won approval from Wyoming to reinject wastewater from drilling operations into the Madison aquifer, which the company said was too deep at 15,000 feet to make withdrawal and treatment of the water economically feasible for drinking water, but U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials have asked the company to provide more information about how its plan won't contaminate groundwater and why the aquifer would not be a source of drinking water.
Casper Star-Tribune; April 11

U.S. House panel debates Northern Route Approval Act
The Northern Route Approval Act is federal legislation designed to put approval of the Keystone XL pipeline in Congress' hands and to ease the approval process, and on Wednesday, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power took testimony on the legislation.
Great Falls Tribune; April 11

Williams says failed valve caused spill at Colorado plant
On Wednesday, Williams energy company officials said they had determined that a failed pressure gauge led to the leak of 10,122 gallons of natural gas liquids from its processing plant in Colorado near Parachute, but Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission officials are seeking more information about the release before they accept that explanation.
Denver Post; April 11

Wyoming considers halving wolf quotas next hunting season
Wyoming's wolf hunt in the northwest corner of the state around Yellowstone National Park resulted in about 12 percent of the wolves in that population being killed, and Wyoming game officials said that was higher than they expected and said that they will probably reduce the quota for this year's hunt to 26.
Casper Star-Tribune; April 11

Idaho couple sues USFS after son hurt by falling tree
A Caldwell couple has filed a federal lawsuit in Idaho against the U.S. Forest Service, alleging that the injuries their son sustained in 2010 when a dead tree fell on him while camping in the Boise National Forest was due to the agency's negligence in not addressing the hazard.
Idaho Statesman (AP); April 11

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