The Rockies Today, April 9



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Another oil boom washes over Montana town
The last oil boom in Glendive ended three decades ago, and a decade ago, houses in the small Montana town sold for less than a car, but oil is back, rentals are few and far between, and the town's wastewater treatment plant is already maxed out.
Billings Gazette; April 9

USFS, Montana report tracks state of forests
The U.S. Forest Service and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation released a report detailing the findings of aerial surveys of forests in the state that said mountain pine beetle activity is slowing, acres affected by the western spruce budworm nearly quadrupled between 2010 and 2011, and Douglas-fir tussock moth and pine butterfly activity is on the rise in western Montana.
Billings Gazette; April 9

Texas company buys 23% interest in Wyoming oilfield for $400M
Houston-based Linn Energy LLC paid $400 million to Anadarko Petroleum Corp. for a 23 percent interest in the Salt Creek oilfield in central Wyoming that is seeing increased production due to carbon dioxide injections.
Casper Star-Tribune; April 9

Australian company plans uranim mine, processing plant in NE Wyoming
Officials of Peninsula Energy, an Australian company, said they're just a couple of permits away from opening an in-situ uranium mine and processing plant in northeastern Wyoming.
Casper Star-Tribune; April 9

Company wants to expand coal mine on federal land in SW Wyoming
Bridger Coal Co. is seeking a permit to expand its existing underground coal mine in southwest Wyoming to 320 adjacent acres of federal lands to provide coal to the Jim Bridger power plant.
Casper Star-Tribune; April 9

Clipboard caused 2010 fatal helicopter crash in Idaho
The National Transportation Safety Board said that a metal clipboard hit the rotor on the Hiller UH-12E helicopter carrying two Idaho wildlife biologists, causing it to crash killing all three on board.
Spokane Spokesman-Review (AP); April 9

B.C. aboriginal groups say court may be only option in Northern Gateway plan
The federal government's plan to limit the time period environmental assessments on projects such as pipelines won't change the environmental review of the Northern Gateway pipeline that is already under way, but aboriginal groups in British Columbia said the cancellation of 1 1/2 days of public hearings in Bella Bella on the project makes them feel that going to court may be the only way to get Canada to pay attention to their concerns.
Toronto Globe and Mail; April 9

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