Rockies Today, Feb. 22



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Federal government OKs rare-earth mineral work on Montana-Idaho border
Arkansas-based U.S. Rare Earths will begin drilling for rare earth minerals on Lemhi Pass in Montana in May.
Billings Gazette; Feb. 22

BLM begins moving wild horses to ranch in Montana
Despite a pending appeal of the Bureau of Land Management's decision to put 700 wild horses on a privately-owned ranch near Ennis, the agency began moving horses in holding facilities in Wyoming, Colorado, Nevada, Utah and Oklahoma to the Montana ranch.
Montana Standard; Feb. 22

Wyoming DEQ opposes energy company's water reinjection plan
Alberta-based Encana wants to dispose of water produced during drilling in its Moneta Divide project area by pumping into a reinjection well 15,000 feet deep into the Madison geological formation, a plan the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality is officially opposing because the aquifer provides drinking water to some areas of the state.
Casper Star-Tribune; Feb. 22

Pipeline industry urged overhaul of Canada's water protection act
Documents obtained under an Access to Information Act request indicate that, in 2011, representatives of the pipeline industry meet with senior government officials and urged them to make changes to Canada's Navigable Waters Protection Act, which was radically revised last year.
Calgary Herald (CP); Feb. 22

Cheesemaker tells Idaho city it may treat its own wastewater
Concerns that a lack of capacity at the Jerome wastewater treatment plant was limiting commercial development, the Idaho city is contemplating a $50-million bond to expand that capacity, but Jerome Cheese Co., which uses approximately one-third of the wastewater treatment's capacity, said it is contemplating building its own treatment facility.
Twin Falls Times-News; Feb. 22

Nevada judge again hears arguments on access to wild-horse gathers
At a hearing Wednesday in Reno, U.S. District Court Judge Larry Hicks again heard arguments on whether the Bureau of Land Management's restriction of public access to wild horse gathers was constitutional, and the Nevada judge told lawyers that his decision would be rendered next month.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Feb. 22

Bear calls up 1,200 percent in 4 years in Colorado community
Aspen's black-bear problem is readily evident when you compare the 82 calls city law enforcement responded to on problem bears in 2008, to the 1,040 incidents reported last year.
Aspen Times; Feb. 22

Washington firm sees oilfield housing fix in abandoned air base in Montana
The Glasgow Air Force Base in Montana closed in 1968, and that closure quickly depopulated St. Marie, but energy development in that area of Montana has put housing at a premium, and DTM Enterprises LLC of Washington state has recently paid the back taxes on 350 houses on the former airfield and on 113 properties in St. Marie, with plans to refurbish properties to house oilfield workers.
Great Falls Tribune; Feb. 22

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