The Rockies Today, March 9



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Report says United States will play larger role in global energy picture
The Changing Role of U.S. Energy Trade, a report by James Brick, a Houston-based energy analyst with Wood Mackenzie, said that, by 2030, the U.S. will be an exporter of petroleum products such as gasoline, it will be a major exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Asian markets and natural gas to Mexico, and will be the third largest exporter of seaborne thermal coal in the world.
Edmonton Journal;March 9

U.S. Senate passes one-year extension of federal timber payments to counties
An amendment to the federal transportation bill that would extend for one year payments to counties under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 easily passed in the U.S. Senate on Thursday.
Portland Oregonian;March 9

Federal program will pay farmers, ranchers to protect sage grouse habitat
U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced the new Working Lands for Wildlife program that will provide $33 million in funding to rural landowners to protect habitat for seven species, including the sage grouse, lesser prairie chicken and the southwestern willow flycatcher.
March 9

Colorado-based Molycorp buys Canadian rare earth processing firm
Molycorp, the Colorado mining company that is reopening a rare earth mine in California, is buying Toronto-based Neo Material Technologies, one of the world's two main rare earth processors.
New York Times;
March 9

BLM puts wind-farm project on Idaho-Nevada border on hold
The Bureau of Land Management announced Thursday that the proposed China Mountain Wind Project, which would put 170 turbines on 25,500 acres of land straddling the Idaho and Nevada border, would be put on hold for two years, during which time the agency plans to improve sage grouse habitat on those lands.
Twin Falls Times-News;March 9

EPA agrees to do more water tests in Wyoming
The Environmental Protection Agency agreed to suspend its review of a report on water tests done near Pavillion to allow more testing to be done on the water in and around the Wyoming community.
Casper Star-Tribune;March 9

Wyoming governor signs bill for Pavillion water work
On Tuesday, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead signed a bill that contained $750,000 to address water issues in and around Pavillion, a community where Environmental Protection Agency testing found wells contaminated with fluids associated with energy development.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP);March 9

NPS awards Grand Teton contract to Turner family
The Turner family has lived on and operated the Triangle X Ranch in Grand Teton National Park since 1950, and last year the National Park Service announced the contract to operate the ranch would be put up for competitive bid as required by a 1998 law, and on Thursday, the NPS announced the Turners had won that bid.
Jackson Hole Daily;March 9

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