The Rockies Today, Dec. 23



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Editor's notes: Technical difficulties delayed today's post. Darn technology. Also, The Rockies Today will be on hiatus until Jan. 3 for the holidays. See you next year.

Canada's energy board OKs Enbridge's Montana-Manitoba oil pipeline
Canada's National Energy Board has approved Enbridge Inc.'s $180-million Bakken Pipeline project that will carry oil from the Bakken and Three Forks formations in Montana and North Dakota to Manitoba.
Edmonton Journal; Dec. 23

BLM: Sales of energy leases in Montana, Dakotas set records in 2011
Oil and gas leases auctioned off in Montana and North Dakota by the Bureau of Land Management set records in 2011, due to the oil-rich Bakken formation in those states.
Billings Gazette (AP); Dec. 23

Montana Farmer's Union offers oil, gas lease classes
Great Falls-based Montana Farmer's Union is offering classes to farmers and ranchers next month on the oil and gas leasing process.
Billings Gazette; Dec. 23

Census: Idaho added 14,000 residents between mid-2010, mid-2011
Idaho's 0.9 percent growth rate between mid-2010 and mid-2011 was the lowest percentage gain for the Gem State since 1990, but the 14,000 residents added to the state was still more than in neighboring states like Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Wyoming.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Dec. 23

Wage-gender gap widens in Idaho
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the differences in wages paid to men and women widened in Idaho in 2010, ranking the state 36th in the nation for the gender gap in workers' pay.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Dec. 23

Montana judge says decision on Alberta-Montana Tie Line coming soon
The Livingston Enterprise reports that Montana state District Court Judge Nels Swandal has asked the landowners and the developer of the Montana-Alberta Tie Line, parties in a lawsuit over easements for the proposed power line, to provide final arguments so he may render a decision in the case.
Ravalli Republic (Livingston Enterprise); Dec. 23

Montana blocks shipments of fish eggs from federal hatcheries
Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer wants the Interior Department to change its policy on bison management, and in order to get the agency's attention, he has blocked the shipment of fish and wildlife from federal facilities in and out of Montana, putting planned shipments of fish eggs from federal hatcheries within the state on hold.
Missoulian (AP); Dec. 23

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