Wyoming's natural-gas production expected to rise as coal production falls
Wyoming is the top-coal producing state in the United States, and ranks fifth in the nation for production of natural gas, positioning the Cowboy State in the lose-some, win-some category in light of Environmental Protection Agency's proposed regulation of coal-fired power plants that is expected to curb domestic demand for coal by 30 percent, but increase demand for natural gas by 18 to 19 percent.
Casper Star-Tribune; June 4
Utah says no lawsuit coming on transfer of federal lands to the state
On Tuesday, Assistant Utah Attorney General Tony Rampton told members of the commission appointed to study and resist federal authority that the state will not file a lawsuit to wrest control of federal lands on Jan. 1, 2015 if the federal government declines to meet the Dec. 31, 2014 deadline set by legislation passed in 2012 demanding control over those lands be transferred to the state by that date.
Salt Lake Tribune; June 4
BLM: Age of oil spill in Utah national monument means no cleanup
Larry Crutchfield, spokesman for Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, said the oil found in a sandy wash in the Utah monument came from three distinct spills over the past four decades, that the environmental harm had passes as the oil appears to be degrading naturally, making cleanup unnecessary, and the Bureau of Land Management does not plan to go after Citation Oil and Gas Corp., the current owner of the oil field, for the first two, more substantial spills, but will require a new management plan and reporting from the company.
Salt Lake Tribune; June 4
U.S. company to pay $1.3-million in fines for 2 pipeline spills in Alberta
On Tuesday, Plains Midstream Canada admitted guilt in two pipeline spills in Alberta, one in 2011 that released more than 28,000 barrels of oil near the Peace River, and the second in June of 2012, where a leak in the company's Rangeland Pipeline released 2,900 barrels of oil into the Red Deer River, and agreed to pay $1.3-million in fines for those incidents.
Calgary Herald (Edmonton Journal); June 4
Alberta city 1 of 5 in Canada to tear up pavement to put in flood zone
After last year's devastating floods, the University of Waterloo, Ont., and insurer Intact Financial Corp. have launched an initiative to help communities deal with violent weather associated with a changing climate, including one project that will tear up pavement and putting in bio-swales, natural landscapes better capable of absorbing heavy rains in five cities, four in Ontario and one Calgary, Alberta.
Calgary Herald (Canadian Press, Postmedia News); June 4
Colorado, Idaho 'agrihoods' offer residents' farm-to-table living
Agrihoods are neighborhoods built around the farm-to-table lifestyle, with Hidden Springs in Idaho, which is built on a former 135-acre homestead, and the planned Bucking Horse community in Fort Collins, Colo., offering residents that form of cooperative living.
Christian Science Monitor; June 4
Grand Teton NP plans to remove non-native species from Wyoming spring
For years, non-native species such as goldfish, nonnative cichlids, tilapia, swordtail and bullfrogs have found a welcoming habitat in the waters of Kelly Warm Spring in Grand Teton National Park because it was believed that the waters from the spring did not connect to Ditch Creek, but the discovery of goldfish in that creek prompted officials of the Wyoming park to put barriers in place to allow water through but keep the non-native species in, and park personnel are working on a plan to remove those non-native species.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; June 4
U. of Idaho studies effect of climate change on wheat-threatening bug
As part of a nationwide project to examine how climate change will affect the nation's ecosystems, researchers at the University of Idaho are examining how rising carbon dioxide levels affect the cereal leaf beetle - a bug that can devastate wheat crops.
Idaho Statesman (Lewiston Tribune); June 4
Company proposes new LNG pipeline in British Columbia
Calgary-based TransCanada Corp. has added another major pipeline project to its list, with the addition of a proposed 128-mile pipeline from natural gas fields in northeast British Columbia to Summit Lake, where Chevron and Apache's Pacific Trail Pipeline begins, with the pipeline future tied not only to regulatory approval of the project, but also to the decision by Chevron and Apache to build their LNG export port at Kitimat.
Vancouver Sun (Canadian Press); June 4
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