The Rockies Today, Sept. 27



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Stimulus project in Wyoming spends lots of federal cash for no progress
WyoFile's investigation into stimulus funds spent on the Two Elk Energy Park Carbon Site Characterization project in Wyoming found that nearly 20 percent of the money spent between September of 2009 and July of 2011 went to Michael J. Ruffatto, founder and CEO of Colorado-based North American Power Group Ltd. and Brad Enzi, the son of Sen. Mike Enzi, and although the funding came from the National Recovery Act designed to create jobs, no direct jobs had yet been created.; Sept. 27

Tonbridge shareholders approve sale of company to Enbridge
The shareholders of Tonbridge Power Co., the Toronto-based developer of the Montana-Alberta Tie Line, approved the purchase of the company by Alberta-based Enbridge Inc.
Great Falls Tribune; Sept. 27

BLM: Hydraulic fracturing regulations under consideration
At a Wyoming conference on hydraulic fracturing, BLM-Wyoming Deputy Director Larry Claypool said that the federal agency is seriously considering regulating the drilling method.
Casper Star-Tribune; Sept. 27

At Wyoming forum, energy industry officials defend hydraulic fracturing
At a forum on hydraulic fracturing hosted by the University of Wyoming's School of Energy Resources and the Haub School & Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources in Laramie, representatives of oil and gas companies defended the drilling method and Tom Doll, the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission supervisor, said there had been no documented cases where the use of hydraulic fracturing had contaminated drinking water.
Casper Star-Tribune; Sept. 27

Montana PSC grills Carlyle CEO about Missoula water utility plans
The Montana Public Service Commission is meeting in Missoula this week to take testimony on the Carlyle Group's pending deal to buy the parent company of Mountain Water Company, Missoula's water utility, and on Monday, commissioners wanted to know how soon Carlyle would entertain an offer from the city to buy the utility. The hearing resumes at 9 a.m. today.
Missoulian; Sept. 27

Listen online to the Montana PSC hearing on sale of Missoula water utility
Missoulian; Sept. 27

Utah-based Zions Bank shoulders into crowded Idaho market
Some analysts are questioning Utah-based Zions Bank's decision to move its headquarters into downtown Boise, plugging the hole at 8th and Main streets with a 15-story building in a state where 35 banks already do business, and 22 have branches in the Boise area, but Zions' CEO Scott Anderson said the state of Idaho's economy makes the bank's decision a good one.
Idaho Statesman; Sept. 27

President Obama stops by Colorado today to pitch jobs bill
President Obama won't be in Colorado for long today, just long enough to make a speech at Abraham Lincoln High School in Denver to urge support for his $447-billion jobs plan.
Denver Post; Sept. 27

Canada Wind Energy Association says Ontario on record-setting pace
According to figures released Monday by the Canadian Wind Energy Association Ontario will set a record on wind-generated power projects to come online this year, with Alberta and Quebec competing for second place, although Quebec is expected to hold on to second place, and Alberta's lack of regulation of the power market, as well as no province goal for renewable energy, were cited as reasons for the lag.
Calgary Herald and Reuters; Sept. 27

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