The Rockies Today, May 3



Top news links, courtesy of Mountain West News.

Colorado company launches coal exploration project in Montana
Denver-based American Power Corp. has commissioned a mine feasibility study on a 29,000-acre coal project in Montana's Judith Basin County.
Great Falls Tribune; May 3

PGE move blocks KinderMorgan's plan for coal-export port in Oregon
The parcel of land at the Port of St. Helens on which KinderMorgan had proposed to build a coal-export port on the Oregon coast is under a 99-year lease to Portland General Electric, giving the utility final say on how the land is used, and in April, PGE said it would not allow a sublease of the land to KinderMorgan.
The South County Spotlight; May 3

B.C. first nations' pipeline protest makes stop in Alberta
Dozens of members of first nations from British Columbia are traveling across Canada to rally against Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline project proposed to carry Alberta crude west to a B.C. port, with the "freedom train" making a stop at the Alberta legislature in Edmonton Wednesday.
Edmonton Journal; May 3

Federal, state officials applaud Colorado's roadless plan
Colorado's plan to manage the 4.2-million acres of federal roadless lands within the state won the support of state and federal officials, but conservation groups said federal law provided more protection for more acres.
Aspen Times; May 3

Commercial real estate market rebounds with a boom in Utah
A report released Tuesday by the Commercial Real Estate Development Association said that, in 2011, Utah ranked sixth in the nation in direct spending across all categories of commercial real estate, up 20 places from its 2010 ranking.
Deseret News; May 3

Officials of 3 western states testify against federal fracking rules
At a congressional field hearing in Colorado on Wednesday, officials from Wyoming, Utah and Colorado spoke against the federal government's proposed regulations on hydraulic fracturing.
Denver Post; May 3

BLM withdraws oil, gas parcels in Colorado from August auction
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced Wednesday that it was withdrawing 30,000 acres of oil and gas leases in Delta County from its planned August auction after concerns about the effect energy development would have on the Colorado county's growing winemaking and organic farming businesses.
Denver Post; May 3

Groups petition USFWS to protect rare woodpecker in Western states
Conservation groups based in Wyoming, Oregon, California and Arizona have petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the black-backed woodpecker under the Endangered Species Act in the Black Hills of eastern Wyoming and western South Dakota, the Sierra Nevada and Oregon's Eastern Cascades.
Billings Gazette (AP); May 3

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