Rockies Today, April 16

Posted by Mountain West News on Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 12:38 PM

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Company cites low prices for closure of 2 coal mines in British Columbia
U.S.-based Walter Energy announced Tuesday that it would halt production at two coal mines in northeastern British Columbia due to low prices, a move that idles 700 workers.
Vancouver Sun and Financial Post; April 16

Little is known about routes of oil, hazardous materials on U.S. rail lines
High-profile fiery railroad accidents in Canada and the United States brought more scrutiny on the labeling and routing of oil trains, and while some new testing and labeling has been required in the U.S., the routing of the trains is still secret, due in part to security concerns.
New York Times; April 16

Oil pipeline proposed to move Utah oil raises water concerns
All three proposed routes of the 135-mile Uinta Express Pipeline to move oil from the Uinta Basin to Salt Lake City follow the south fork of the Provo River, which feeds into Jordanelle Reservoir, a critical water source for several Utah counties.
Salt Lake Tribune; April 16

New oil train loading terminal opens in Wyoming
On Tuesday, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and business leaders were in Fort Laramie to celebrate Eighty-Eight Oil LLC's new transloading facility, which will load oil from the Powder River Basin into rail tanker cars for shipping to out-of-state markets.
Casper Star-Tribune; April 16

Some B.C. Nations, company team up on oil pipeline project
On Monday, Eagle Spirit Energy and the Aquilini Group proposed an alternative to Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline, which would ship synthetic oil, not bitumen, from Alberta to British Columbia's west coast that also changes the location of the terminus of the pipeline from Kitimat to Prince Rupert.
Vancouver Sun; April 16

Wyoming residents have plenty of questions about rare-earth work
At the U.S. Forest Service's meeting Monday night in Sundance on a proposal to mine rare-earth minerals in northeastern Wyoming, residents had questions about how the work would affect air and water quality, and concerns about radioactive dust.
Casper Star-Tribune; April 16

Alberta Energy Regulator's new rules on flaring take effect June 16
The Alberta Energy Regulator has issued new rules on the practices of flaring, venting and burning off gas to address growing concerns about odors and emissions in the Peace River area of the province.
Calgary Herald (Canadian Press); April 16

Wyoming panel to address drilling setbacks first, then flaring
At Tuesday's meeting of the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, interim supervisor Mark Watson said that the regulatory agency is taking another look at the 350-foot setback now required of drilling operations from homes, and that after that review is done, the panel will turn its attention to the practice of flaring off excess natural gas from drilling operations and new bond requirements.
Casper Star-Tribune; April 16

B.C. exempts ski resorts, sweet gas facilities from environmental review
British Columbia officials said that, since the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations already reviews ski resorts' plans, and the Oil and Gas Commission can handle the sweet gas industry, the province will no longer require reviews of ski resorts and sweet gas facilities by the province's Environmental Assessment Office, a move with which conservation groups immediately took exception.
Vancouver Sun; April 16

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