The Rockies Today, June 7



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Montana county commission solidifies coal position with resolution
On Tuesday, the Yellowstone County Commission unanimously approved a resolution in support of coal, the use of coal-based power in the United States, and a proposal to expand West Coast ports to allow the export of coal from Montana and Wyoming to overseas markets.
Casper Star-Tribune (Billings Gazette); June 7

USFS adds crews to Wyoming wildfire fight
The Cow Camp Fire in the Medicine Bow National Forest in Wyoming has burned 3,500 acres since igniting on Sunday, and the U.S. Forest Service is sending more experienced crews to work on the fire.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); June 7

Utah Climate Report paints grim water picture
Some areas of Utah have gone more than 50 days without measurable precipitation, and in San Juan County, commissioners are collecting data from farmers and ranchers whose crops are burning up to prepare a request to Gov. Gary Herbert for a disaster declaration.
Salt Lake Tribune; June 7

Windy, dry conditions make for an active wildfire day in Utah
Wildfires in Southern Utah kept crews busy on Wednesday, as dry, windy conditions gave the blazes the upperhand.
Salt Lake Tribune; June 7

Five grizzly bears have been killed so far this spring in Alberta
There are only an estimated 700 grizzly bears in Alberta, and the killing of five of those bears so far this spring since emerging from hibernation, including two in suspected poachings, has raised alarms in the province.
Calgary Herald; June 7

Wyoming oil, gas official apologizes for 'greed' comment
Wyoming Oil and Gas Supervisor Tom Doll has apologized for comments made Tuesday at an event in British Columbia where he said he believed residents near Pavillion who said their drinking water wells had been contaminated by natural gas drilling operations were motivated by greed.
Casper Star-Tribune; June 7

Canada sets up anti-terrorism panel to protect Alberta's oilsands operations
Anti-terrorism panels have been set up by the Canadian government in British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario since the 9/11 attacks on the United States, and the federal government announced it would form a 32-member panel in Alberta next to protect that province's oil and natural gas wells, pipelines and refineries.
Toronto National Post (Canadian Press); June 7

After moratorium proposal fails, company ramps up drilling plans in Colorado city
After a proposal to put a moratorium on new oil and gas drilling permits in Fort Collins failed,Black Diamond Minerals officials said they intend to ramp up production on an oilfield that the city recently annexed into the city, or sell the leases to another company.
Fort Collins Coloradoan; June 7<

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