The Rockies Today, Feb. 10



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Montana Supreme Court decision changes timelines for filing pollution lawsuits
The Montana Supreme Court ruled that statute of limitations on when lawsuits can be filed do not apply in cases about polluted soils and water when the pollution is still present and is able to be cleaned up.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle; Feb. 10

Study: Air pollution levels along Colorado Front Ranger higher than predicted
The findings of a new study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research indicate that air pollution levels along Colorado's Front Range are much higher than government officials predicted and are tied to oil and gas development in that state.
Denver Post (AP); Feb. 10

Federal judge: BLM disregarded its policy in renewing Idaho grazing permits
In a lawsuit filed by Western Watersheds Project that challenged the Bureau of Land Management's renewal of five grazing permits in southern Idaho, U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill ruled that the BLM ignored its own policies in renewing those permits without tightening restrictions or without considering the impacts on what the agency itself defined as key habitat for sage grouse, a species that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined needs federal protection, although a decision on such protection isn't due until 2015.
Twin Falls Times-News; Feb. 10

Canada approves privately run glacier walkway in national park in Alberta
Environment Minister Peter Kent announced Thursday that Brewster Travel Canada could construct its quarter-mile interpretative trail that includes a glass-bottomed observation deck extending out nearly 100 feet into the Sunwapta Valley in Jasper National Park in Alberta.
Edmonton Journal; Feb. 10

Rocky Mountain Power changes power line plans in Wyoming
Glenrock residents were happy to hear that Rocky Mountain Power had eliminated one of the two proposed 230-kilovolt lines running between their Wyoming community and Medicine Bow and that the utility had tweaked the route of its proposed Gateway West transmission line to avoid a proposed subdivision near Glenrock.
Casper Star-Tribune; Feb. 10

Idaho House panel approves bill giving state oversight on oil, gas development
The Idaho House Resources and Conservation Committee voted unanimously on Thursday to give the Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission final authority on oil and gas development and limits counties' ability to prohibit drilling or other energy-related work.
Idaho Statesman; Feb. 10

Montana county commission, residents work on predator policy
The Ravalli County Commission and residents of the Montana county met on Thursday to work on the county's proposed predator policy, where some residents urged wolves be hunted to extinction, while others urged the county to rely on science and existing state and federal laws when crafting the policy.
Ravalli Republic; Feb. 10

Idaho bill would expand ranchers' options on dealing with predators
Idaho state Sen. Jeff Siddoway, who operates a sheep ranch in the eastern part of the state, said he has lost tens of thousands of dollars due to predation by wolves, and his bill would open up a wide range of now illegal methods to ranchers dealing with wolves.
Twin Falls Times-News; Feb. 10

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