The Rockies Today, June 11



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Montana company formed to capture flared natural gas
A lack of pipeline capacity in North Dakota means about a third of the natural gas is flared off, but a new Montana company, G2G, has created what is essentially a mobile natural-gas processing unit that can capture, liquefy and store natural gas emissions.
Billings Gazette; June 10

Colorado wildfire forces thousands to evacuate on Sunday
A wildfire that ignited Saturday morning northwest of Fort Collins grew to more than 20,000 acres by Sunday, and thousands of Coloradans were forced to evacuate their homes. Editor's note: The U.S. Forest Service updated the estimated size of the wildfire Monday morning to 37,000 acres.
Denver Post; June 10

Judge rules USFS violated federal law in approving Idaho logging project
The decision rendered last week by U.S. District Magistrate Candy Dale not only blocked the 7,000-acre Split Creek timber harvest in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest in Idaho, but also invalidated the map the U.S. Forest Service created in 2005 that withdrew some 390,000 acres in the forest as critical habitat for lynx.
Idaho Press-Tribune (AP); June 8

Rural Alberta landowners demand details on oil spill
Four days after a pipeline break released tens of thousands of gallons of oil into the Red Deer River in Alberta, rural landowners are demanding the government provide concrete details about the spill, as well as information about what other pipelines cross the river.
Toronto Globe and Mail; June 11

Grizzly bear management on agenda of USFS meeting in Montana
Randy Hojem, district ranger for the Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District, said there's a lot of misinformation circulating about the U.S. Forest Service’s Record of Decision regarding the Grizzly Access Amendment on the Kootenai National Forest and he's sure the plan will be among the issues discussed at a public meeting Tuesday in Thompson Falls, Mont.
Missoulian; June 11

Mining company says record at one Montana mine paves way for another
Officials of Revett Minerals are confident that the work done thus far at the Troy Mine in Northwest Montana proves that the company can operate the proposed Rock Creek Mine in the same environmentally sound manner.
Missoulian; June 10

Audit finds cops in Utah town targeted foreign tourists, collected cash fines
Springdale touts itself as the "Gateway to Zion National Park," and the bulk of the estimated 2.8 million visitors to the park in Utah make their way through the tiny burg, but an audit of the town's police department found that officers wrote citations to foreign tourists and collected cash fines on the spot, which violated local, county and federal laws.
Salt Lake Tribune; June 11

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