Rockies Today, April 23



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Railroad bottleneck delays delivery of Montana, Wyoming coal
The U.S. Energy Information Administration said coal reserves are at 6-year lows, and coal companies said delays in shipping coal caused by congestion on railways is to blame for the low reserves.
Billings Gazette; April 22

Utah conference focuses on states' rights to federal lands
Last week, legislators from Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, Oregon and Utah met to discuss avenues to transfer federal lands to states' control.
Deseret News; April 19

USGS releases report on mercury in fish in western national parks
The results of a four-year U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service research project published in the "Mercury in Fishes from 21 National Parks in the Western United States," report shows wide ranges of mercury levels within Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; April 23

Alberta to allow in-situ operations to resume in area of bitumen leaks
The Alberta Energy Regulator has not yet been able to determine the origin of bitumen leaks on CNRL's Primrose lease, but the board is allowing CNRL to resume pumping steam into four wells.
Calgary Herald (Edmonton Journal); April 22

Montana U.S. House candidate: Transfer BLM, USFS lands to state
Republican state Sen. Matt Rosendale, who is running for Montana's lone U.S. House seat, said he would make transfer of Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service lands to the state a priority should he be elected. Editor's note: Contains a sidebar with other U.S. House candidates' position on the proposal.
Missoulian (Lee State Bureau); April 19

Groups redraw boundary of proposed Idaho national monument
The conservation groups involved in the discussion of designating the Boulder-White Clouds area of Idaho as a national monument have redrawn the boundary to include Malm Gulch, a Bureau of Land Management-maintained site containing petrified sequoia trees.
Twin Falls Times-News; April 23

Arch Coal writes off loan, investment in DKRW's project in Wyoming
Since 2006, Arch Coal has invested $13.7 million in DKRW's proposed coal-to-liquids plant in Wyoming, and loaned the project another $44 million, but in its 2013 annual report to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the St. Louis-based company listed the entire $57.7 million as an impairment loss, a designation that means the company does not believe it will recover its investment.
Casper Star-Tribune; April 22

Arch Coal reports increased demand for thermal coal
A decrease in global demand for metallurgical coal was cited by Arch Coal officials for a 1 million ton reduction in production estimates for 2014, while demand for thermal coal was predicted to rise.; April 22

Sliding butte in W. Wyoming town crumbles home
Last week, the Budge family in Jackson lost their home to the sliding face of East Gros Ventre Butte, where at least 60 people remain out of their homes in the western Wyoming community while work is done to stop the movement of the butte.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; April 23

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