Rockies Today, Jan. 14



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BLM approves Utah's only cyanide-heap leach gold mine
On Jan. 8, the Bureau of Land Management approved the Kiewit Mine, a 104-acre surface gold mine and heap leach operation on the Northern edge of the Deep Creek Mountains in Utah, but the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation are contesting that decision, and said the environmental assessment failed to accurately assess the mine's effect on the tribes, including how it will affect wildlife upon which the tribes depend for guided hunts.
Salt Lake Tribune; Jan. 14

Utah officials say federal lands keeping oil boom at bay
A number of Utah officials believe that the state could enjoy an oil boom equal to or more than that underway in North Dakota, if the oil wasn't locked in shale under federal lands. First in a series on energy and public lands.
Deseret News; Jan. 14

Development of oil, gas leases in Utah often comes with a fight
Oil and gas companies argue that the federal government's leasing process is slowing the development of those resources in the state, while environmental groups said the process is in place to protect the state and its residents. Part of a series on energy and federal lands in Utah.
Deseret News; Jan. 14

Utah congressmen seek common ground on energy, public lands
U.S. Reps. Rob Bishop, Jason Chaffetz and Chris Stewart have been meeting with Utahns across the state to work on legislation that would protect some of the lands in Utah from energy development, while allowing those lands with the greatest resources to be developed.
Deseret News; Jan. 14

Energy group appeals BLM over decision to pull Utah oil, gas leases
The Western Energy Alliance, which represents hundreds of oil and gas companies operating in the West, has appealed the Bureau of Land Management over its decision last November to pull 57 energy leases in Utah's San Rafeal Swell, and has asked the Interior Land Appeals Board to require the BLM to offer those leases at its next auction.
Deseret News; Jan. 14

EPA releases plan to reduce emissions at Wyoming power plants
The Environmental Protection Agency released its plan to reduce emissions at Wyoming's 15 power-producing units, with the federal agency adopting the state's proposed controls for 10 of those units, and requiring stricter limits at one Wyodack Power Plant unit near Gillette, one Dave Johnston unit and three units at the Laramie River Station near Wheatland.
Casper Star-Tribune; Jan. 11

Colorado company shuns Lafayette for new site, cites fracking ban
Boulder-based XetaWave, which makes long-range radios and wireless technology platforms widely used in the oil and gas industry, said it will expand into Louisville rather than Lafayette, and cited the Lafayette Community Rights Act, which makes it illegal to "engage in the creation of fossil fuel, nuclear or other non-sustainable energy production and delivery infrastructures," a clause that the company said may make providing its products to the industry illegal.
Boulder Daily Camera; Jan. 14

Idaho water officials tell legislators to move quickly on projects
At a hearing Monday before the state House Resources and Conservation Committee and the Senate Resources and Environment Committee, Water Resource Board Chairman Roger Chase urged legislators to act quickly on Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's $15-million plan to improve storage facilities in the state, because other, better-funded states have designs on Idaho water.
Twin Falls Times-News; Jan. 14

Idaho Fish, Game walks narrow path to balance elk, wolves
Wolves and elk have complicated the work of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, charged with balancing those populations, and on Thursday, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission will vote on a plan to hire a hunter to remove two wolf packs in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, and a public meeting on the proposal is set for Wednesday in Boise.
Idaho Statesman; Jan. 14

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