Rockies Today, September 3

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Statistics Canada: Energy ends its run as country's top export

In July, cars edged out energy as Canada's largest export, according to a report from Statistics Canada released Thursday said that July's exports of motor vehicles and parts were valued at $7.6 billion, while energy exports were valued at $7.3 billion, putting energy second for the first time since 2007.
Calgary Herald (Bloomberg News); Sept. 3

Shipments of oil by rail on the rise again in Western Canada
In the second quarter of 2015, Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. reported a 24 percent drop in its shipments of oil by rail, while Canadian National Railway Co.'s year-over-year decrease for that quarter was 27 percent, but two pipeline shutdowns in August and the widening discount between Western Canada Select and West Texas Intermediate began to make shipping by rail more attractive, and on Monday, Calgary-based Cenovus Energy Inc. announced it had completed the purchase of Canexus Corp.’s Bruderheim Energy Terminal, and Cenovus officials said they're already fielding calls about gaining access to the terminal's 70,000-bpd rail capacity.
Calgary Herald (Financial Post); Sept. 3

Wildfires may alter recreation plans in Idaho over the long weekend
Labor Day weekend plans may need to be changed in Idaho, as wildfires and fire restrictions affect access, and the Idaho Statesman has provided links to informational sites so folks who plan to float the Salmon River or go hunting can see what's open and what's closed.
Idaho Statesman; Sept. 3

First Nations in B.C., Alberta airlift pregnant woodland caribou to safety
Woodland caribou herds in British Columbia and Alberta are dwindling fast, and both Canadian provinces have begun aggressive wolf-removal actions to protect the caribou, but opponents of those actions said clearcuts, roads and pipelines are affecting caribou habitat, as well as drawing wolves into areas not previously seen, and two First Nations began capturing and relocating pregnant caribou to provide them a safe place to birth before returning them to the wild to increase the number of the caribou.
National Geographic; Sept. 3

Crow landowners to block access road in Montana next week
Tribal members, who own land on the Crow Nation in Montana east of Bridger said they're tired of their complaints about land use and abuse going unheeded by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, said they intend to close access to Sage Creek Road next Tuesday to see if that will get the federal government's attention.
Billings Gazette; Sept. 3

Federal panel holds hearing on energy lease near Glacier Park in Montana
On Wednesday, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation held a hearing in Choteau on an energy lease on the Badger-Two Medicine area of Montana, an area held sacred by the Blackfeet Nation, which has been suspended for decades, and members of the Blackfeet Nation urged the panel to recommend that the lease be withdrawn, while the attorney for Solonex, the Louisiana company that has held the lease since 1984, urged the hold be removed from the lease and energy development allowed. Public comment will be taken on the lease through 3 p.m. Montana time today.
Helena Independent Record; Sept. 3

Montana real estate broker finds niche in redoubt properties
In 2011, author James Wesley, Rawles (the comma is intentional), started the "American Redoubt" movement, urging other God-fearing patriots to move to Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and eastern parts of Oregon and Washington, and Missoula real estate broker Theresa Mondale has found her calling in selling off-the-grid ranches, survivalist bunkers and other remote properties.
Missoula Independent; Sept. 3

Utah to require low-emitting water heaters to clean winter air
On Wednesday, the Utah Air Quality Board passed a rule that will require all water heaters installed after Nov. 1, 2017 are ultra-low nitrogen oxide (NOx) emitters. Nitrogen oxide is one of the pollutants in Utah's often-soupy winter air.
Salt Lake Tribune; Sept. 3

Three to run 600-mile Crown of the Continent from Montana to Alberta
To call attention to the importance of the 18 million-acre Crown of the Continent ecosystem, which stretches from Alberta south through Western Montana, three endurance runners will make the 600-mile trek beginning in Missoula and finishing roughly 21 days later in Banff National Park.
Flathead Beacon; Sept. 3

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