The Rockies Today, Oct. 6



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Five of seven expedited transmission line projects are in the West
The Obama administration announced Wednesday that it would take steps to speed up the permitting and construction of seven transmission line projects, with five of the seven located in the Western United States.
Denver Post (AP); Oct. 6

Two Wyoming transmission projects on list of 7 to be fast-tracked
The Obama administration announced Wednesday that it plans to expedite the permitting and construction of seven transmission projects, including two in Wyoming: the Gateway West and the TransWest Express lines.
Casper Star-Tribune; Oct. 6

ConocoPhillips on the hunt for possible Yellowstone Pipeline leak in Idaho
ConocoPhillips shut down its Yellowstone Pipeline last week as a part of its normal operations, but a slow drop in pressure in a stretch of the pipeline between Enaville and Cataldo in Idaho prompted the company to dispatch dozens of workers who installed booms in the Coeur d'Alene River while they searched for a possible leak.
Coeur d'Alene Press; Oct. 6

Utah company joins list of financially troubled geothermal power firms
Raser Technologies, Inc., which has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, is blaming its lack of power production at its geothermal plant in Utah on the generators installed, a charge the manufacturer of the generators denied; and Nevada Geothermal Power and U.S. Geothermal, both of which have also received federal funding, are in financial difficulty as well.
USA Today; Oct. 6

B.C. Parliament gets bill to protect Flathead River watershed
In a move to codify an agreement reached last year between Montana and British Columbia to keep mining and energy development off the transboundary area of the state and province that is the watershed of the Flathead River, B.C. Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson announced Tuesday that a bill to protect the area was introduced into the B.C. Parliament; a bill protect the Montana portion of the watershed has been introduced by U.S. Sen. Max Baucus in the Senate.
Missoulian; Oct. 6

Powell County farmers, ranchers say no to Montana FWP bison plan
At the first of three public meetings on Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks' plan to move bison from Yellowstone National Park to tribal lands or wildlife management areas, Powell County ranchers and farmers turned out in force to oppose the proposal to release the bison on the Spotted Dog Wildlife Management Area.
Missoulian; Oct. 6

Idaho Panhandle National Forests post new rules on food storage
On Oct. 11, new rules for storing food in the Idaho Panhandle National Forests will take effect, with different levels of restrictions for "front country" and "backcountry" areas in the Priest Lake, Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry ranger districts.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; Oct. 6

Federal appeals court upholds Idaho man's Drinking Water Act conviction
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' affirmed the conviction of an Idaho man for violating the Safe Drinking Water Act for ordering employees of his feedlot to inject surface fluids into irrigation wells; the Idaho U.S. Attorney General said Cory King's conviction was one of the first successful prosecutions in the nation under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.
Twin Falls Times-News; Oct. 6

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