The Rockies Today, Oct. 10


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USFS declares war on beetle in national forest in Montana
The battle against the bugs is a no-holds barred one in the Bitterroot National Forest in Montana, where U.S. Forest Service officials use its full arsenal to beat the burrowing bug in the Bitterroot National Forest.
Salt Lake Tribune; Oct. 7

Groups appeal BLM's management plan for Montana monument
After a federal judge dismissed their challenge of the Bureau of Land Management's plan for the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument in central Montana, the Montana Wilderness Association, The Wilderness Society, Friends of the Missouri Breaks Monument and others have taken their challenge to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Great Falls Tribune; Oct. 10

State Dept. used firm with ties to TransCanada for Keystone XL review
The company hired by the U.S. State Department to perform the environmental review of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project that TransCanada wants to build from Alberta to Texas does a fair amount of work for TransCanada, making some question if Cardno Entrix could provie a fair, impartial analysis.
New York Times; Oct. 10

Canadian company explores copper deposit in Montana
Canadian-based mining company Tintina Resources, Inc. has pulled more than 80,000 samples from ranch land 15 miles north east of White Sulphur Springs in Montana to determine the extent of copper deposits in the area.
Helena Independent Record; Oct. 10

BLM to remove 6,000 horses from ranges in the West
The Bureau of Land Management announced plans to remove 6,000 horses over the next few months from ranges in Arizona, California, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming, with 2,000 of those horses to be pulled from the range in Wyoming.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); Oct. 10

Colorado uncertain about water demands of Niobrara shale drilling
While data from the Colorado Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission indicate that each horizontal well drilled in the Niobrara play in the northern part of the state will require between 1 million and 5 million gallons of water to develop, state water regulators and planners aren't concerned yet about the use of hydraulic fracturing will effect water resources in that part of the state, since they don't know yet how many wells will be drilled.
The Coloradoan (Fort Collins); Oct. 10

Chinese company buys conventional oil and gas company in Alberta
Most of the acquisitions by China-based companies in Alberta's energy industry have been in the oilpatch sector, but the announcement Sunday that Sinopec International Petroleum would spend $2.2 billion to buy Alberta-based Daylight Energy Ltd. is an indication that Chinese companies are now also interested in conventional oil and gas companies.
Edmonton Journal (PostMedia News); Oct. 10

Landowners in Montana national monument keep wary watch on management
It's been a decade since the Missouri Breaks National Monument was signed into being by then-President Bill Clinton, and the 120 or so landowners whose lands lie within the boundary of the Montana national monument remain uneasy about what the future will bring.
Missoulian; Oct. 10

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