The Rockies Today, Nov. 29



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Lack of transmission capacity hobbles Wyoming's wind-power industry
Development of Wyoming's world-class wind resources has been hindered by a lack of transmission lines to carry the power generated to markets, but there are several projects — mostly heading west and south out of the state, designed to break that bottleneck.
Casper Star-Tribune; Nov. 29

EPA groundwater probe nixes Wyoming gas lease deal
The Texas company that had planned to buy gas leases, a natural gas gathering system, a gas processing plant and related compression facilities near Pavilion from Alberta-based Encana Corp. backed out of the deal after learning more about the Environmental Protection Agency's investigation into groundwater contamination in that area of Wyoming.
Casper Star-Tribune; Nov. 29

Grizzly bear captures in NW Montana hit record this year
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks' bear specialists report that 44 grizzly bears were captured in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem, nearly a third of which got into trouble for killing chickens, and wildlife specialists are urging people in grizzly bear areas to take extra precautions to secure chickens and feed to keep the bears out.
Missoulian; Nov. 29

Administration unveils new program for tribal housing, energy development
President Obama is scheduled to meet with representatives of the nation's 565 federally recognized tribes on Friday, and on Monday, the administration released new rules for tribal lands designed to spur new housing programs and energy development.
The Daily News (Longview, Wash.); Nov. 29

For Idaho city's new parks — it's the water
Crews are busy in the Boise River building Boise's new whitewater park, and when that project is done, the Idaho city could begin work on the new Esther Simplot Park, and residents can take a look at the master plan for that proposed park that will offer flatwater for boating, swimming and fishing, as well as other natural amenities.
Idaho Statesman; Nov. 29

Suncor deploys crews to keep oil from reaching Colorado river
Suncor Energy officials said they do not know the source of the oily material that is seeping into Sand Creek about a mile from the company's refinery, but they have crews in place to keep the oil from reaching the South Platte River in Colorado.
Denver Post; Nov. 29

Colorado city's businesses are running out of room to grow
During the third quarter of this year, Boulder city officials met with executives of 13 locally based businesses and learned that six of those would need a combined 590,000 square feet of industrial and office space in the next five years, and the Colorado city council is expected to hear a pitch for a study next year on just how those needs will be met.
Boulder Daily Camera; Nov. 29

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