Rockies Today, Nov. 26



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Some components of 'Sportsmen's Act' concern environmental groups
Today, the U.S. Senate will vote on, and likely pass, Montana U.S. Sen. Jon Tester's "Sportsmen's Act of 2012," a grab bag of bills dealing with hunting, fishing, conservation and public access measures, but environmental groups said there are problems with some of the measures, including one that would preclude the EPA from banning the use of lead in ammunition.
Washington Post; Nov. 25

N.D., Montana oil booms fuel business for railroads in the West
North Dakota is second to only Texas in U.S. oil production, and with more oil being pulled out of the Bakken formation in Montana as well, railroads are hauling more oil to Washington state, where refiners are ramping up capacity.
Seattle Times; Nov. 26

Mississippi company to build oilsands components in Montana plant
Yates Construction, a Mississippi-based company, has announced plans to build a factory in Bynum to make components needed by oilsands operators in Alberta, giving Montana a second manufacturing facility tied to oilsands production.
Great Falls Tribune; Nov. 24

Longmont's ban on hydraulic fracturing at odds with Colorado law
The residents of Longmont voted 60 to 40 percent to impose a ban on the drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing within the Colorado town's limits, putting at the forefront of a state and national dispute on the practice.
New York Times; Nov. 25

Research indicates trees have narrow safety margin for water supplies
A new study released last Thursday indicates that the world's forests are exceptionally vulnerable to drought, and that if climate change models prove to be true, those forest lands will be replaced by grasslands.
New York Times; Nov. 23

BLM approves drilling plans in two Wyoming counties
Last week, the Bureau of Land Management released a final record of decision for the East Converse, Highland Loop Road and Spearhead Ranch exploratory areas located in portions of Wyoming's Converse and Niobrara counties, which could result in as many as 444 new oil and gas wells in those areas.
Casper Star-Tribune; Nov. 26

Elk hunter in Wyoming national park kills charging grizzly bear
In what is being categorized as a first, elk hunters shot and killed a charging grizzly bear in Grand Teton National Park on Thanksgiving morning.
Jackson Hole Daily; Nov. 24

Federal budget options have little good news for National Park Service
At this point in federal budget negotiations, the National Park Service has three options, and none are particularly good, and in Wyoming, the gateway communities to Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks, are concerned about the fiscal fallout about all of those options.
Casper Star-Tribune; Nov. 26

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