Rockies Today, May 30



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Wyoming governor heads to Washington state to talk coal exports
Gov. Matt Mead will be in Washington state next week to meet with legislators and other officials and to tour the site of the proposed Millenium Bulk Terminals on the Columbia River near Longview, an important component of Wyoming's plan to export its coal to Asia and other overseas markets.
Casper Star-Tribune; May 30

Study warns world is on the brink of sixth great species extinction
A study led by scientists at Duke University found that plant and animal species are going extinct at a rate 1,000 times more quickly than they did before humans entered the race, and warned that a sixth massive extinction event is looming.
Calgary Herald (Postmedia and Associated Press); May 30

Air service in Boise a factor in BMC's plan to move executives to Atlanta
BMC, a building materials and construction company that was once part of Boise Cascade Corp., announced it will move or create 150 corporate jobs in Atlanta because the board and management believed the Boise-based company needed a more central location with more people and better air service, a factor that the Idaho city's officials have been wrangling with for years.
Idaho Statesman; May 30

Oil, gas operations in Colorado erect barriers to soften impact of wells
As oil and gas well drilling operations move further into Front Range communities in Colorado, companies are erecting barriers and walls to reduce the noise and other effects of the work from residents.
Denver Post; May 30

Tiny is trendy for young apartment seekers in Colorado's Capital City
According to data from the San Francisco-based Apartment List, an online rental listing site, the most in demand apartments in Denver are the smallest, with younger renters seeking studio apartments the most frequently.
Denver Post; May 30

Coal industry, Wyoming officials await Monday's announcement on carbon limits
President Barack Obama is expected to make an announcement Monday on new carbon emissions limits for coal-fired power plants, an announcement that is already stirring concern in Wyoming, the nation's top coal-producing state.
Casper Star-Tribune; May 30

Campaigns target states' renewable energy mandates
There are currently mandates in place in 30 states that require utilities to have a certain percentage of renewable energy in their portfolios, but since 2013, campaigns have been launched in more than a dozen states to rollback those mandates, and in Ohio, legislators passed a bill to put that state's mandate on hold for two years.
New York Times; May 30

Xcel Energy reports 20% reduction in CO2 emissions between 2005, 2013
In its 10th annual Corporate Responsibility report, Xcel Energy, which provides electricity to customers in Colorado and seven other states, announced that, between 2005 and 2013, it had reduced its carbon emissions by 20 percent, and had increased its use of electricity from renewable resources from 7 percent in 2004 to 20 percent in 2013.
Boulder Daily Camera; May 30

Elk Foundation donates $25K to Montana for wolf management
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has donated $25,000 to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks for radio collars and other related equipment needed for the state's new population modeling work to help determine how many and where wolves are in the state.
Missoulian; May 30

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