The Rockies Today, Dec. 22



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EPA puts new rules on mercury emissions in place
The Environmental Protection Agency released new limits on mercury, arsenic and other emissions from power plants and other large industrial sources on Wednesday.
Los Angeles Times; Dec. 22

Imperial Oil raises projections for its Kearl oilsands mine in Alberta
In its latest cost projections for its massive Kearl oilsands mine in Alberta, Imperial Oil raised the costs by 25 percent, or approximately $6.20 per barrel.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Dec. 22

EPA to support Wyoming's recommendation on ozone 'nonattainment' zones
The Environmental Protection Agency notified Gov. Matt Mead that it will proceed on a plan to designate the Upper Green River Basin in Wyoming as a "nonattainment" zone for high levels of ozone during the winter, a step that will eventually allow regulation of emissions from oil and gas operations.
Casper Star-Tribune; Dec. 22

Winter storm dumps nearly a foot of snow on Denver, snarls travel
The day before what airline officials predict will be the busiest travel day for the holiday, a winter storm blew into Denver, canceling dozen of flights.
Denver Post; Dec. 22

BLM to again offer coal tract in Montana for lease
After the Bureau of Land Management rejected Signal Peak Energy's $5.3-million bid for 35.5 million tons of coal in Montana that lie adjacent to the company's Bull Mountain Mine near Roundup, the company asked that the tract be offered for lease again, and the BLM announced that it would be although a date for the auction has not yet been set.
Montana Standard (AP); Dec. 22

States' oil, gas commissions have members with industry ties
Greenwire examined the makeup of oil and gas regulatory commissions of 39 of the nation's top-energy producing states, and found that more than 40 percent of those commissioners had ties to the industry, with four of Colorado's nine-person board coming from the industry.
E &E Publishing (Greenwire); Dec. 19

Colorado city puts 120-day moratorium on drilling applications
The Longmont City Council unanimously approved a 120-day moratorium on oil and gas applications to give the Colorado city time to firm up its regulation of oil and gas operations.
Denver Post (Longmont Times-Call); Dec. 22

Utah, Colorado rank in Top 5 for population growth in 2011
The U.S. Census Bureau said that Utah added 55,337 residents in 2011, making the Beehive State second only to Texas for population growth this year; Colorado ranked fourth, and Rhode Island led the nation in loss of population.
Salt Lake Tribune; Dec. 22

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