The Rockies Today, Sept. 15



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Alberta company on pace to be Arizona's largest private water company
Edmonton's water utility, Epcor, is expanding its reach by buying other water utilities in British Columbia, operating water treatment facilities in Alberta's oilsands country, and buying water companies in Arizona, where if the latest acquisition is approved by the state's public utilities commission, Epcor will become the largest private water company in Arizona.
Edmonton Journal; Sept. 15

Colorado water board approves $72K to study Wyoming pipeline
At its meeting on Wednesday, the Colorado Water Conservation Board approved spending $72,000 to study the feasibility of Aaron Million's proposed pipeline project that would move water from Wyoming's Flaming Gorge Reservoir to Colorado's Front Range city, and approved the spending of another $100,000 if the initial study proves promising.
Denver Post; Sept. 15

Report warns of effect hydraulic fracturing could have on B.C. water
The Pembina Institute's report, "Shale Gas: Risks to B.C.’s Water Resources," urges the British Columbia government to develop a comprehensive water-management plan to get ahead of the rapidly developing shale gas industry in the province's northeastern region, warning that such operations could easily use billions of gallons of water annually.
Vancouver Sun; Sept. 15

WyoFile tracks stimulus spending, projects in Wyoming
As President Obama and federal lawmakers consider another round of stimulus legislation, WyoFile takes a look at how the $710 billion the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act pumped into Wyoming was used.; Sept. 15

New study planned for Wyoming-Nevada transmission line
The Bureau of Land Management has completed its draft environmental impact statement on the proposed 725-mile transmission line that would carry wind-generated power from southeastern Wyoming across Utah to Nevada and markets in the southwestern United States, and now a deal struck by TransWest Express and the U.S. Department of Energy's Western Area Power Administration will fund a study of the feasibility of the transmission line.
Deseret News; Sept. 15

Wyoming wildlife commission approves wolf-management plan
On Wednesday, the proposed wolf management plan agreed to by Gov. Matt Mead and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was approved by the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission, and now the deal moves to the state's Legislature where it must also be approved.
Houston Chronicle (AP); Sept. 15

Group: Idaho lawmakers' bill on grizzly bears 'grandstanding'
Idaho's U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, along with U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador, co-sponsored legislation that would amend the federal Endangered Species Act to allow people to kill grizzly bears in self defense or to defend another person, but a spokesman for the Endangered Species Coalition, a national network of hundreds of groups that support species conservation, said the bill is just grandstanding since the federal Act already allows people to shoot grizzly bears under those circumstances.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; Sept. 15

Butterball says Colorado turkey plant will close Dec. 31
Butterball, the nation's largest producer of turkey products, announced that it will close its Longmont plant that makes "value-added" turkey projects at the end of the year, putting 350 workers at the Colorado plant out of work.
Denver Post; Sept. 15

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