The Rockies Today, Jan. 27



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Canada again declines to implement emergency plan to protect caribou
Environment Minister Peter Kent said Wednesday that he again declined to put an emergency plan into place to protect caribou, because the health of some herds in Canada had improved, thus there's no fear that the species will disappear entirely, even though some experts predict the species will be gone from Alberta within a generation if immediate measures aren't taken.
CBC News (Canadian Press); Jan. 25

Protection of wetlands, wildlife focus of USFS's proposed management policy
On Thursday, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell unveiled the new forest planning rule that will guide management of some 193 million acres of federal lands.
Missoulian; Jan. 27

President Obama, Colorado governor agree on hydraulic fracturing
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a petroleum geologist by trade, supports the use of hydraulic fracturing, a drilling method that uses water, sand and chemicals to break open rock formations to release gas and oil resources, and he also supports the requirement that companies disclose what chemicals they use in the process, a stance that staffers said reflects one held by President Obama.
Durango Herald; Jan. 27

Federal lawmakers' enthusiasm for clean-energy subsidies wanes
At his campaign stops earlier this week in Nevada and Colorado, President Obama outlined his proposed energy plan that called for tax credits for renewable energy projects, but in Congress enthusiasm for those incentives is decreasing.
New York Times; Jan. 27

Alberta official: Oilsands monitoring system will be in place soon
Alberta Environment Minister Diana McQueen said that she is working with federal Environment Minister Peter Kent on a plan to get a monitoring system up and running in Alberta's oilsands country, and that the system should be operational by spring.
Calgary Herald; Jan. 27

Utah official: SEC probe of investor won't change nuclear-plant decision
In its application for water rights to build a 3,000-megawatt nuclear power plant near the Green River in Utah, Blue Dog Holdings named LeadDog Capital as the source of $30 million in financing, but the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is alleging the New York-based hedge fund is scamming its investors, a fact that the Utah state engineer said doesn't change the validity of the decision to approve the transfer of the water rights to Blue Dog Holdings.
Salt Lake Tribune; Jan. 27

Hundreds atttend meeting to protest Albert logging project
At a meeting Thursday night in Bragg Creek, hundreds of people packed into a community center to protest Spray Lake Sawmills' contract with Alberta to log nearly 1,730 acres of forest near the popular Kananaskis recreation area.
Calgary Herald; Jan. 26

Debate on expansion of Utah strip coal mine near Bryce Canyon heats up
The Bureau of Land Management received 210,000 comments on Thursday opposing Alton Coal's application to expand its coal strip mine on an additional 3,581 acres of federal land containing an estimated 49 million tons of recoverable coal.
Deseret News; Jan. 27

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