The Rockies Today, May 16



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American Rivers ranks Green River as nation's second-most endangered
Aaron Million's proposed pipeline to carry water from the Green River to Colorado's Front Range cities, as well as a proposed nuclear power plant in Utah were cited as the reasons American Rivers ranked the river, which runs from Wyoming through Utah, Colorado and back into Utah, as the nation's second most endangered.
Salt Lake Tribune; May 16

Wyoming asks U.S. Supreme Court to hear appeal of roadless decision
On Tuesday, Wyoming asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the decision rendered in October by a three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals that upheld the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule.
Casper Star-Tribune; May 16

Wyoming river moves up American Rivers' list of most endangered
While the lower stretch of the Hoback River in western Wyoming was granted Wild and Scenic status a few years ago, the upper stretch flows through the Noble Basin area, where an energy company proposes to drill 136 natural gas wells, and for that reason the river made American Rivers' annual list of the nation's most endangered for a second year in a row.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; May 16

Free-flowing river in Colorado makes American Rivers' endangered list
Concerns about plans to dam the Crystal River, one of Colorado's last largest, free-flowing rivers put the river on American Rivers' 2012 list of America's most endangered.
Aspen Times; May 16

Trust funds for mine cleanup begin to flow into Idaho's Silver Valley
Approximately $8.5 million from Asarco's $460-million trust fund set up to clean up contamination from decades of mining in Idaho's Silver Valley will be spent this year to determine the extent of the pollution and formulation of cleanup plans.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; May 16

Interior Department rolls out 'America the Beautiful' program for military personnel
Under the "America the Beautiful" program, active-duty military personnel can get free admission to all National Park Service sites and other federal lands across the nation, and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar credited Montana U.S. Sen. Jon Tester for inspiring the program.
Missoulian; May 16

Oilshale studies highlighted at U. of Utah conference
At the unconventional fuels conference at the University of Utah, companies conducting oilshale research touted their methods of coaxing oil from its rocky beds in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); May 16

Utah's 10-year energy plan focuses less on renewables, more on fossil fuels
At the Unconventional Fuels Conference at the University of Utah on Tuesday, Utah officials discussed the state's 10-year energy plan that focused more on coal, oil and natural gas than on wind, solar and other renewable resources.
Salt Lake Tribune; May 16

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