The Rockies Today, June 5



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Utah plane crash raises concerns about nation's firefighting fleet
The crash of a PV2 air tanker in Utah that killed two and the crash landing of another such plane in Nevada over the weekend have sparked new demands for the U.S. Forest Service to upgrade its fleet of air tankers.
Idaho Statesman (AP); June 5

Officials ground two other heavy air tankers following Utah crash
After a P-2V heavy air tanker crashed Sunday in Utah, killing both crew members, officials announced Monday afternoon that two other P-2V heavy air tankers working Utah wildfires were grounded.
Salt Lake Tribune; June 5

Plunging oil prices near some Alberta oilsands operations' break-even point
A glut of oil in the United States, along with some bottlenecks in the Canadian oil delivery system, put some oilsands projects in Alberta near their break-even point.
Toronto Globe and Mail; June 5

Utah wastewater disposal site out of compliance
Oil and gas producers in Utah and Colorado send some of the discharge water from their operations to Danish Flats in Utah, where the 14 evaporation ponds have become a regulatory headache for Grand County and the state since the facility opened in 2008.
Grand Junction Sentinel; June 5

Lift at failed Idaho ski resort being dissembled
Bank of America hired the same contractor who built the Wildwood Express on the Tamarack Resort in Idaho to pull the $4-million high-speed chair lift down, and the chairs are already packed, the main cable coiled around four reels, and the towers will come off the mountain as soon as a helicopter can be secured to do the work.
Idaho Statesman (AP); June 5

Investigator: Air tanker hit tree before crashing in Utah
Iron County Sheriff’s Detective Jody Edwards said the wing of the Lockheed P2V air tanker caught a tree while dumping retardant on the White Rock fire in Utah, causing the plane to cartwheel to the ground, killing both the pilot and co-pilot.
Missoulian; June 5

Montana city commission votes 3-2 to join Corps' review of coal train effects
On Monday night, the Helena City Commission approved sending a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers asking that it include the Montana city in its environmental review of shipping coal from Montana and Wyoming to ports on the West Coast.
Helena Independent Record; June 5

Nature Conservancy leads team on habitat project on Wyoming ranch
The owners of the 200,000-acre LU Ranch in northwestern Wyoming have teamed up with the Nature Conservancy and myriad other partners to improve habitat on the land.
Casper Star-Tribune; June 5

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