The Rockies Today, March 28



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Montana U.S. senator sponsors bill to block oil exports
Montana U.S. Sen. Jon Tester introduced legislation that would prohibit oil that flows from Alberta to U.S. refineries on the Gulf Coast via the Keystone XL pipeline from being exported to foreign markets.
Billings Gazette (AP); March 28

Death toll in Colorado wildfire at 2, acres burned at 4,500
The fast-moving Colorado wildfire in the hills west of Denver claimed the lives of an elderly couple, burned at least 23 homes, and was reported to be 4,500 acres in size on Tuesday evening.
Denver Post; March 28

Kinder Morgan will again add oil storage capacity at Alberta terminal
On the heels of its announcement to add 2.4 million gallons of storage at the Edmonton Terminal, U.S.-based Kinder Morgan announced it would add another 1.2-million gallons of oil storage space at the Alberta terminal, which serves as the base for Alberta's only current pipeline to the Pacific Coast.
Edmonton Journal; March 28

Alberta oil producers' 'discount' at $30 a barrel
Due to a lack of pipeline capacity, and the fact that oil pulled from Alberta's oilsands is heavy crude with a high sulfur content that makes refining more intensive, producers are getting about $75 a barrel for their oil this month, while the global price of heavy oil is hovering around $107 a barrel.
Vancouver Sun; March 28

Montana tribe hires Florida firm to treat hydraulic-fracturing discharge water
Florida-based Ecosphere Technologies Inc. was hired by the Blackfeet Nation to treat discharge water from hydraulic-fracturing drilling operations on the tribe's reservation in Montana.
Missoulian; March 28

Two lawsuits filed against Utah over water decision for nuclear power plant
The lawsuits filed Tuesday in Utah state District Court in Emery County are nearly identical, both alleging that the decision rendered in January by State Engineer Kent Jones approving requests from water conservancy districts of Kane and San Juan counties to lease water to the proposed Blue Castle nuclear power project failed to protect those who already depend upon that water.
Salt Lake Tribune; March 28

Utah congressman submits bill to designate 26K acres as wilderness
On Tuesday, Utah U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson submitted legislation to again try to designate areas of the Wasatch Front canyons as wilderness, and expand protection of areas near Mount Olympus, Twin Peaks and Lone Peak.
Salt Lake Tribune; March 28

Wyoming asks appeals court to reconsider Yellowstone winter-use decision
On Tuesday, Wyoming filed a request that the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals revisit its decision rendered last month that said neither the state nor Park County failed to make their case that Yellowstone National Park's daily limits on snowmobiles was causing economic harm.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); March 27

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