The Rockies Today, Aug. 15



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NorthWestern Energy puts Montana-Idaho transmission project on hold
After four years and $14 million in costs, NorthWestern Energy has asked government agencies to stop considering its application for a permit to build the Mountain States Transmission Intertie project, which would stretch 430 miles from southwest Montana to southeast Idaho.
Montana Standard; Aug. 15

Interior Department, Wyoming reach accord on wolf delisting
The agreement reached between the federal government and Wyoming that will remove wolves from the federal endangered species list and put management into the state's hands will be released Aug. 31.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); Aug. 15

Wyoming wilderness fire gets exemption from USFS 'suppress all' policy
At the end of May, the U.S. Forest Service imposed a "suppress all" policy that required fire managers throughout the West to immediately attack wildfires, but the policy allowed for some exemptions, and the wildfire burning in the Teton Wilderness in Wyoming is the first in the nation to get such an exemption.
Jackson Hole News and Guide; Aug. 15

Colorado governor urges quick federal action to bridge gap in water supplies
Gov. John Hickenlooper has appealed to both President Obama, cabinet secretaries and federal agencies, as well as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to speed up approval of water projects in Colorado designed to sustain urban growth in the state.
Denver Post; Aug. 15

Idaho county's trash at epicenter of energy lawsuit
Hidden Hollow Energy has been using methane gas captured at the Ada Canyon landfill to generate electricity to sell to Idaho Power since 2006, and that company filed a $30-million lawsuit against the Idaho county after it signed a deal with another company last November to divert about a third of landfill's trash stream to it to allow it to build a plant to generate power.
Idaho Statesman; Aug. 15

Study finds high level of toxins in Alberta's lakes
A study of water quality of Canada's lakes found the highest levels of microcystin, a potent liver toxin, in lakes in central Alberta and southern Manitoba, and an author of the study said the widespread presence of the toxin in lakes in every one of Canada's province makes addressing the toxin a public health issue.
Edmonton Journal; Aug. 15

United Church of Canada formally opposes Alberta-B.C. pipeline
The United Church of Canada announced its opposition to Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway pipeline that would carry Alberta oil across British Columbia to a port at Kitimat.
Vancouver Sun (Postmedia News); Aug. 15

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