The Rockies Today, Nov. 10



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U.S. may consider different route for Keystone XL pipeline
U.S. State Department officials will meet today with people who worked on the permitting process for TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline, and an issue on the table will be considering a different route for the pipeline that avoids going over the Ogallala aquifer in Nebraska.
Washington Post; Nov. 10

Power problems shut down TransCanada's Keystone pipeline
TransCanada's Keystone pipeline, which carries Alberta crude to refineries in Oklahoma, was shut down for three hours Tuesday due to power shortages in Canada, and again Tuesday night to inspect equipment. The Canadian company is currently awaiting approval to build a second pipeline, the Keystone XL, to carry crude from Alberta to refineries in Texas.
New York Times; Nov. 10

Idaho wolf trapping season begins Nov. 15
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game issued warnings that people may encounter traps in Idaho's backcountry where they've never seen them before as the state's wolf trapping season begins Nov. 15 and runs through March 31.
Ravalli Republic; Nov. 10

Montana governor gets plan for Clark Fork River restoration funds
For twelve years, the $120 million Arco paid the state of Montana to settle environmental damage claims along the Clark Fork River has been accumulating interest, $80 million of which has been used for restoration work, and now the panel responsible for overseeing those funds has developed a plan to pay out $116 million of the settlement funds and the plan is awaiting Gov. Brian Schweitzer's signature.
Missoulian; Nov. 10

Simplot's consolidation plans will close 2 Idaho potato processing plants
J.R. Simplot Co. announced plans to close two older potato processing plants in Nampa and Aberdeen, tear down its existing plant in Caldwell and build a new processing facility in that Idaho town, a plan that will ultimately cost 800 Idahoans their jobs.
Idaho Statesman; Nov. 10

Idaho National Laboratory employees exposed to radiation
On Tuesday afternoon, 16 workers at Idaho National Laboratory were working to recover 6-inch-long plutonium fuel plates that date back to research done in the 1970s and when they opened an aluminum container in which the plates were boxed and removed the plastic covering, some powder escaped, exposing the workers to radiation, and a lung scan of one worker tested positive for radioactive material in the lungs.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Nov. 10

Sherman: Colorado water projects a good template for other USFS projects
On Wednesday, U.S. Agriculture Undersecretary Harris Sherman said projects in Colorado where the U.S. Forest Service has secured funding and personnel from Vail Resorts and Denver Water and other utilities to complete projects in watersheds is a process the agency should incorporate in other states.
Durango Herald; Nov. 10

Alberta oilsands take Utah company's mobile water treatment out for a spin
Utah-based Purestream Technology has developed a process to remove toxic materials from waste water from oil and gas drilling operations, and mobile units are being tested in Alberta's oilsands country, as well as in North Dakota and Texas.
Deseret News; Nov. 10

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